responsibility

noun re·spon·si·bil·i·ty \ ri-ˌspän(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of responsibility

plural responsibilities
1 :the quality or state of being responsible: such as
a :moral, legal, or mental accountability
2 :something for which one is responsible :burden
  • has neglected his responsibilities

Examples of responsibility in a Sentence

  1. … Landau's piece, examining the fan's, and the journalist's responsibility to rock stars … —Lawrence DietzLos Angeles Times Book Review23 May 1971
  2. A great soprano has a responsibility to her public … —Robert EvettAtlanticSeptember 1970
  3. The responsibility for engineering the line of cars which in 1908 evolved the immortal Model T … —John Kenneth GalbraithNew York Times Book Review28 Feb. 1954
  4. Anthony Burton had once said that this was your responsibility toward society. —John P. MarquandAtlanticNov. 1947
  5. The boys denied any responsibility for the damage to the fence.

  6. A terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

  7. The janitor has many responsibilities.

  8. Mowing the lawn is your responsibility.

  9. She has to deal with a lot of family and work responsibilities.

  10. It is your responsibility to give the company two weeks notice if you decide to leave.

  11. In her new position, she will have much more responsibility.

  12. We have a responsibility to protect the environment.

  13. The government's responsibility is to serve the public.

  14. The principal has responsibility for 450 students and a staff of 35.

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Origin and Etymology of responsibility

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RESPONSIBILITY Defined for English Language Learners

responsibility

noun

Definition of responsibility for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


RESPONSIBILITY Defined for Kids

responsibility

noun re·spon·si·bil·i·ty \ ri-ˌspän-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of responsibility for Students

plural responsibilities
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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