[ ri-spon-suh-bil-i-tee ]
/ r瑟藢sp蓲n s蓹藞b瑟l 瑟 ti /
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noun, plural re路spon路si路bil路i路ties.
the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management.
an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!
a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority.
a person or thing for which one is responsible: A child is a responsibility to its parents.
reliability or dependability, especially in meeting debts or payments.
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Idioms about responsibility

    on one's own responsibility, on one's own initiative or authority: He changed the order on his own responsibility.

Origin of responsibility

First recorded in 1780鈥90; respons(ible) + -ibility

OTHER WORDS FROM responsibility

non路re路spon路si路bil路i路ty, noun, plural non路re路spon路si路bil路i路ties.pre路re路spon路si路bil路i路ty, noun, plural pre路re路spon路si路bil路i路ties.self-re路spon路si路bil路i路ty, nounsu路per路re路spon路si路bil路i路ty, noun, plural su路per路re路spon路si路bil路i路ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for responsibility

/ (r瑟藢sp蓲ns蓹藞b瑟l瑟t瑟) /

noun plural -ties
the state or position of being responsible
a person or thing for which one is responsible
the ability or authority to act or decide on one's own, without supervision
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012