noun re·spon·si·bil·i·ty \ri-ˌspän(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\
: 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.
: something for which one is responsible : burden <has neglected his responsibilities>
Examples of RESPONSIBILITY
- 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.
- … 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
Origin of RESPONSIBILITY
First Known Use: 1771
Related to RESPONSIBILITY
Rhymes with RESPONSIBILITY
, public utility
, strict liability
, upward mobility
: the quality or state of being in charge of someone or something
: the quality of being dependable <Show responsibility by always doing your homework.>
: something or someone for which someone has charge <The children are my responsibility.>
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