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re·spon·si·bil·i·ty

 (rĭ-spŏn′sə-bĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. re·spon·si·bil·i·ties
1. The state, quality, or fact of being responsible.
2. Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden.

responsibility

(rɪˌspɒnsəˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or position of being responsible
2. a person or thing for which one is responsible
3. the ability or authority to act or decide on one's own, without supervision

re•spon•si•bil•i•ty

(rɪˌspɒn səˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state, fact, or quality of being responsible.
2. an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!
3. a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority.
4. a person or thing for which one is responsible.
[1780–90]

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.responsibility - the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that forceresponsibility - 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
job - the responsibility to do something; "it is their job to print the truth"
safekeeping, guardianship, keeping - the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"
social control - control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
moral obligation - an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong; "he did it out of a feeling of moral obligation"
noblesse oblige - the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)
burden of proof - the duty of proving a disputed charge
civic duty, civic responsibility - the responsibilities of a citizen
filial duty - duty of a child to its parents
imperative - some duty that is essential and urgent
incumbency - a duty that is incumbent upon you
legal duty - acts which the law requires be done or forborne
line of duty - all that is normally required in some area of responsibility
white man's burden - the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects
prerequisite, requirement - something that is required in advance; "Latin was a prerequisite for admission"
requirement, demand - required activity; "the requirements of his work affected his health"; "there were many demands on his time"
2.responsibility - the proper sphere or extent of your activities; "it was his province to take care of himself"
arena, domain, sphere, orbit, area, field - a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit"
ecclesiastical province - the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order; "the general of the Jesuits has several provinces under him"
3.responsibility - 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"
character, fibre, fiber - the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
trustiness, trustworthiness - the trait of deserving trust and confidence
fault - responsibility for a bad situation or event; "it was John's fault"
accountability, answerability, answerableness - responsibility to someone or for some activity
dependability, dependableness, reliability, reliableness - the quality of being dependable or reliable
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness - a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions

responsibility

noun
1. duty, business, job, role, task, function, burden, liability, accountability, onus, answerability The 600 properties were his responsibility.
2. fault, blame, liability, guilt, culpability, burden They have admitted responsibility for the accident.
3. obligation, duty, liability, charge, care This helps employees balance work and family responsibilities.
4. authority, power, control, management, leadership, importance, mana (N.Z.) a better-paying job with more responsibility
5. job, task, function, role, pigeon (informal) I'm glad it's not my responsibility to be their guardian
Related words
fear hypegiaphobia
Quotations
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" [William Shakespeare Henry IV, part 2]
"The buck stops here" [Harry S. Truman motto on his desk at the White House]

responsibility

noun
An act or course of action that is demanded of one, as by position, custom, law, or religion:
Translations
مَسْؤولِيّاتمَسْؤُولِيَّةمَسْؤولِيَّهمسؤولِيَّه عن، تَبِعَه
odpovědnost
ansvar
respondeco
vastuu
ज़िम्मेदारी
odgovornost
felelősség
ábyrgîábyrgî, ábyrgîarhlutverk
責任
책임
odgovornost
ansvar
ความรับผิดชอบ
sorumluluksorumlu olma
ذِمّیداری
trách nhiệm

responsibility

[rɪsˌpɒnsəˈbɪlɪtɪ] N
1. (= liability) → responsabilidad f
he has accepted or admitted responsibility for the tragedyha aceptado ser responsable de la tragedia
the group which claimed responsibility for the attackel grupo que reivindicó el atentado
joint responsibilityresponsabilidad f conjunta
to place or put the responsibility for sth on sbhacer a algn responsable de algo, hacer que la responsabilidad de algo recaiga sobre algn
shared responsibilityresponsabilidad f compartida
the company takes no responsibility for objects left herela empresa no asume responsabilidad por los objetos que se dejen aquí, la empresa no se responsabiliza de los objetos que se dejen aquí
see also diminished
2. (= duty, obligation) → responsabilidad f
that's his responsibilityeso es responsabilidad suya
she's not your responsibilityella no es responsabilidad tuya, ella no está bajo tu responsabilidad
it's a big responsibility for himsupone una gran responsabilidad para él
it's my responsibility to lock upcerrar es responsabilidad mía, yo soy el responsable de cerrar
she didn't want to take on more responsibilitiesno quería asumir más responsabilidades
you have a responsibility to your familytienes una responsabilidad con or hacia tu familia
3. (= authority, accountability) → responsabilidad f
she wants a position with more responsibilityquiere un puesto de mayor responsabilidad
to have responsibility for sthser responsable de algo
to take on/take over (the) responsibility for sthasumir la responsabilidad de algo, responsabilizarse de algo, hacerse responsable de algo
4. (= maturity) → responsabilidad f
try to show some responsibilitya ver si somos más responsables
he has no sense of responsibilityno tiene ningún sentido de la responsabilidad

responsibility

[rɪˌspɒnsɪˈbɪləti] n
(= authority, control) → responsabilité f
Women still take most of the responsibility for the children → Les femmes assument toujours la plupart des responsabilités liées aux enfants.
a position of responsibility
He was in a position of responsibility → Il avait un poste à responsabilités.
to have responsibility for sb
He has responsibility for five employees → Il a cinq employés sous sa responsabilité., Il a la responsabilité de cinq employés.
(= blame) → responsabilité f
to take responsibility for sth → assumer la responsabilité de qch
Someone had to take responsibility for the mistake → Quelqu'un devait assumer la responsabilité de l'erreur.
to claim responsibility for sth → revendiquer la responsabilité de qch
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks → Personne n'a revendiqué la responsabilité des attentats.
to admit responsibility for sth
British Rail has admitted responsibility for the accident → British Rail a admis sa responsabilité dans l'accident.
I made a mistake and I will assume responsibility for it → J'ai commis une erreur et j'en assumerai la responsabilité.
(= duty) → responsabilité f
work and family responsibilities → des responsabilités professionnelles et familiales
to be sb's responsibility
The steering of the ship remained his responsibility → Le pilotage du navire restait sous sa responsabilité.
It's not my responsibility → Cela n'est pas de ma responsabilité.
his responsibilities include ... → ses responsabilités incluent ... .
to have a responsibility to sb → être responsable devant qn

responsibility

n
no plVerantwortung f; to put or place the responsibility for something on somebodyjdm die Verantwortung für etw übertragen; to take or assume (full) responsibility (for something)die (volle) Verantwortung (für etw) übernehmen; the management takes no responsibility for objects left heredie Firma haftet nicht für liegen gelassene Gegenstände; that’s his responsibilitydafür ist er verantwortlich; she’s his responsibilityer hat die Verantwortung für sie; it’s not my responsibility to do thatich bin nicht dafür verantwortlich, das zu tun; on one’s own responsibilityauf eigene Verantwortung; sense of responsibilityVerantwortungsgefühl nt; responsibility paymentVerantwortlichkeitszuschlag m
(= duty, burden)Verpflichtung f(to für); the responsibilities of statedie staatsmännischen Pflichten; the responsibilities of officedie Dienstpflichten pl

responsibility

[rɪˌspɒnsəˈbɪlɪtɪ] nresponsabilità f inv
to place the responsibility for sth on sb → ritenere qn responsabile di qc
on one's own responsibility → di propria iniziativa
to take responsibility for sth/sb → assumersi or prendersi la responsabilità di qc/per qn
that's his responsibility → è compito suo

respond

(rəˈspond) verb
(with to).
1. to answer with words, a reaction, gesture etc. He didn't respond to my question; I smiled at her, but she didn't respond.
2. to show a good reaction eg to some course of treatment. His illness did not respond to treatment by drugs.
3. (of vehicles etc) to be guided easily by controls. The pilot said the plane did not respond to the controls.
reˈsponse (-s) noun
1. a reply or reaction. Our letters have never met with any response; My suggestions met with little response.
2. (usually in plural) in church services, a part spoken by the congregation rather than the priest.
reˌsponsiˈbility (-sə-) plural reˌsponsiˈbilities noun
1. something which a person has to look after, do etc. He takes his responsibilities very seriously.
2. the state of having important duties. a position of responsibility.
3. the state of being responsible. his responsibility for the accident.
reˈsponsible (-səbl) adjective
1. having a duty to see that something is done etc. We'll make one person responsible for buying the food for the trip.
2. (of a job etc) having many duties eg the making of important decisions. The job of manager is a very responsible post.
3. (with for) being the cause of something. Who is responsible for the stain on the carpet?
4. (of a person) able to be trusted; sensible. We need a responsible person for this job.
5. (with for) able to control, and fully aware of (one's actions). The lawyer said that at the time of the murder, his client was not responsible for his actions.
reˈsponsibly (-sə-) adverb
in a trustworthy or serious way. Do try to behave responsibly.
reˈsponsive (-siv) adjective
(negative unresponsive). a responsive, kindly girl; a responsive smile; The disease is responsive to treatment.
reˈsponsively adverb
reˈsponsiveness noun

responsibility

مَسْؤُولِيَّة odpovědnost ansvar Verantwortung ευθύνη responsabilidad vastuu responsabilité odgovornost responsabilità 責任 책임 verantwoordelijkheid ansvar odpowiedzialność responsabilidade ответственность ansvar ความรับผิดชอบ sorumluluk trách nhiệm 责任

re·spon·si·bil·i·ty

n. responsabilidad.
References in classic literature ?
He paid her a good salary, but she had few holidays and never got away from her responsibilities.
Her older sister, Margaret, was matronly and dignified, probably from having assumed matronly and housewifely responsibilities too early in life, their mother having died when they were quite young, Margaret was not effusive; she was practical.
If so, we are left to dispose of the awful query, whether each inheritor of the property-conscious of wrong, and failing to rectify it--did not commit anew the great guilt of his ancestor, and incur all its original responsibilities.
It might be difficult -- and it was so -- to conceive how he should exist hereafter, so earthly and sensuous did he seem; but surely his existence here, admitting that it was to terminate with his last breath, had been not unkindly given; with no higher moral responsibilities than the beasts of the field, but with a larger scope of enjoyment than theirs, and with all their blessed immunity from the dreariness and duskiness of age.
But Death plucked down some virtuous elder brother, on whose whistling daily toil solely hung the responsibilities of some other family, and left the worse than useless old man standing, till the hideous rot of life should make him easier to harvest.
The possession of vast wealth entails cares and responsibilities, however, as poor Marija found out.
You have talked a great deal about our responsibilities in educating, Cousin.
So I CHARTERED the raft and the crew and took all the responsibilities on myself.
We now began to feel a degree of safety, and to prepare ourselves for the duties and responsibilities of a life of freedom.
Life, however, was yet in my possession, with all its requirements, and pains, and responsibilities.
Marrable secured the services of a respectable professional person to drill the young ladies and gentlemen, and to accept all the other responsibilities incidental to creating a dramatic world out of a domestic chaos.
Also, in the fact that the living responsibilities clinging to the undersigned will, in the course of nature, be increased by the sum of one more helpless victim; whose miserable appearance may be looked for - in round numbers - at the expiration of a period not exceeding six lunar months from the present date.

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