What does responsibility mean?

Definitions for responsibility
rɪˌspɒn səˈbɪl ɪ tire·spon·si·bil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. duty, responsibility, obligation(noun)

    the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force

    "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr

  2. province, responsibility(noun)

    the proper sphere or extent of your activities

    "it was his province to take care of himself"

  3. responsibility, responsibleness(noun)

    a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct

    "he holds a position of great responsibility"

Wiktionary

  1. responsibility(Noun)

    The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable.

    Responsibility is a heavy burden.

  2. responsibility(Noun)

    A duty, obligation or liability for which someone is held accountable.

  3. responsibility(Noun)

    The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).

  4. responsibility(Noun)

    The obligation for the proper custody, care, and safekeeping of property or funds entrusted to the possession or supervision of an individual. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Responsibility(noun)

    the state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable, as for a trust, debt, or obligation

    Etymology: [Cf. F. responsabilit.]

  2. Responsibility(noun)

    that for which anyone is responsible or accountable; as, the resonsibilities of power

    Etymology: [Cf. F. responsabilit.]

  3. Responsibility(noun)

    ability to answer in payment; means of paying

    Etymology: [Cf. F. responsabilit.]

Freebase

  1. Responsibility

    "Responsibility" is a song by pop punk band MxPx. It was released in 2000 and appeared on their sixth album The Ever Passing Moment and was a minor radio hit, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. The video, which is directed by The Malloys, features Mike, Tom, and Yuri messing around and causing mayhem while caddying at a golf course, and also includes an appearance by Cheers star George Wendt. The song was featured in the Daria Television Movie Is It Fall Yet?. It was also featured in the show Drake & Josh in the episode "Driver's License", and the show's soundtrack.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. responsibility

    1. The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success. 2. The obligation for the proper custody, care, and safekeeping of property or funds entrusted to the possession or supervision of an individual. See also accountability.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. responsibility

    Often a wholesome restraint; but the bugbear of an inefficient officer.

Editors Contribution

  1. responsibility

    The quality and action of being responsible.

    The responsibility for our marriage is with both of us, we love and honor each other and that creates the joy and motivation to continue to create that joy, unity, love, desire and other amazing things.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'responsibility' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1108

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'responsibility' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1254

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'responsibility' in Nouns Frequency: #364

How to pronounce responsibility?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say responsibility in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of responsibility in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of responsibility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of responsibility in a Sentence

  1. James R. Cook:

    At the very least, people who get subsidies should have to get up in the morning and do something, even if it's a make work job. But most liberals would oppose even this simple test of responsibility.

  2. Steve Harvey:

    Steve Harvey received major backlash after Steve Harvey announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as 2015's Miss Universe. The crown was already placed on Gutierrez’s head when Steve Harvey went back on the mic to say Steve Harvey made a mistake and that Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was the real pageant winner. Steve Harvey received backlash after Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner during the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. ( Reuters) This is exactly what was on the card. I take full responsibility for this.

  3. Mark Hubbard:

    The letter is helpful because the government needs to be held accountable for its conduct. Conduct we believe was driven to find a crime where one does not exist. As has been acknowledged repeatedly, these were clerical errors and omissions by former Congressman Schock for which he has taken full responsibility.

  4. Bill Johnson:

    I am here today on behalf of the 23,000 men and women of PG&E, to accept responsibility for the fire here that took so many lives and changed these communities forever.

  5. Wendy Sherman:

    I felt a tremendous responsibility leading this team, but I understood what we were trying to achieve, there were times I felt overwhelmed and guilty about not being home, but my husband would always remind me how historic it was what we were doing.

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