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Noun: responsibility  ri,spón-su'bi-li-tee
  1. The social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
    "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty";
    - duty, obligation
     
  2. The proper sphere or extent of your activities
    "it was his responsibility to take care of himself";
    - province
     
  3. 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";
    - responsibleness
     
  4. The topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with
    "they set up a group with a responsibility to suggest ways for strengthening family life";
    - remit, brief

Derived forms: responsibilities

See also: irresponsible, responsible

Type of: area, arena, domain, field, issue, matter, orbit, social control, sphere, subject, topic, trustiness, trustworthiness

Antonym: irresponsibility

Part of: character, fiber [US], fibre [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Responsibility