Simple Definition of responsibility
: the state of being the person who caused something to happen
: a duty or task that you are required or expected to do
: something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required, etc.
Examples of responsibility
… Landau's piece, examining the fan's, and the journalist's responsibility to rock stars … —Lawrence Dietz, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 23 May 1971
A great soprano has a responsibility to her public … —Robert Evett, Atlantic, September 1970
The responsibility for engineering the line of cars which in 1908 evolved the immortal Model T … —John Kenneth Galbraith, New York Times Book Review, 28 Feb. 1954
Anthony Burton had once said that this was your responsibility toward society. —John P. Marquand, Atlantic, Nov. 1947
The boys denied any responsibility for the damage to the fence.
A terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The janitor has many responsibilities.
Mowing the lawn is your responsibility.
She has to deal with a lot of family and work responsibilities.
It is your responsibility to give the company two weeks notice if you decide to leave.
In her new position, she will have much more responsibility.
We have a responsibility to protect the environment.
The government's responsibility is to serve the public.
The principal has responsibility for 450 students and a staff of 35.
Origin of responsibility
First Known Use: 1771
Rhymes with responsibility
acceptability, accessibility, accountability, adaptability, adjustability, advisability, affordability, agreeability, attainability, availability, believability, compatibility, deniability, dependability, desirability, electability, eligibility, excitability, expendability, illegibility, immutability, implausibility, impossibility, improbability, incapability, infallibility, inflexibility, invisibility, manageability, marketability, measurability, navigability, permissibility, practicability, predictability, profitability, public utility, reliability, respectability, reusability, separability, strict liability, survivability, susceptibility, sustainability, upward mobility, variability, vulnerability
RESPONSIBILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of responsibility
1 : the quality or state of being in charge of someone or something
2 : the quality of being dependable <Show responsibility by always doing your homework.>
3 : something or someone for which someone has charge <The children are my responsibility.>
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