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Meaning of responsibility by Wiktionary Dictionary

responsibility


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /rɪˌspɑnsəˈbɪlɪti/, X-SAMPA: /rI%spAns@"bIlIti/

    Noun

    responsibility ( plural: responsibilities )

    1. The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable .
      Responsibility is a heavy burden .
    2. A duty, obligation or liability for which someone is held accountable .
      Why didn't you clean the house? That was your responsibility!
      The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world - Harry S. Truman
    3. ( military ) 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. ( military ) 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 ) .

    Synonyms

    See also

    • accountability

    See also

    • responsibility in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • responsibility in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • Feltus, C.; Petit, M. ( 2009 ). "Building a Responsibility Model Including Accountability, Capability and Commitment", Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ), Fukuoka, 2009. Building a Responsibility Model Including Accountability, Capability and Commitment


Explanation of responsibility by Wordnet Dictionary

responsibility


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

    2. every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty- John D.Rockefeller Jr
    3. a form of trustworthiness

    4. he holds a position of great responsibility
    5. the proper sphere or extent of your activities



    Definition of responsibility by GCIDE Dictionary

    responsibility


    1. Responsibility ( r?sp?ns?b?l?t? ), n.; pl. -ties ( -tz ). [Cf. F. responsabilité.]
      1. The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable, as for a trust, debt, or obligation.

      2. That for which anyone is responsible or accountable; as, “the resonsibilities of power”.

      3. Ability to answer in payment; means of paying.