A responsibility is something you're required to do as an upstanding member of a community. If you're in a band, it's your responsibility to learn the songs and show up to practice on time.
Responsibility comes from the Latin responsus, which means “to respond.” There are actually a few different definitions of the noun. It can be another word for trustworthiness, as in, "He demonstrated his responsibility by showing up to practice on time." And it can be used to describe the social force that motivates us to take on individual responsibilities, as in, "A sense of responsibility drove him to memorize all of the songs."
n the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
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the responsibility to do something
guardianship, keeping, safekeeping
the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong
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
duty of a child to its parents
some duty that is essential and urgent
a duty that is incumbent upon you
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
something that is required in advance
(with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child
the civic duty to serve on a jury
the legal duty of a fiduciary to act in the best interests of the beneficiary
behavior intended to please your parents
a condition that is a prerequisite
a requirement for admission to or completion of an academic program
essential condition, sine qua non
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control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
n a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct
a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions
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responsibility for a bad situation or event
accountability, answerability, answerableness
responsibility to someone or for some activity
dependability, dependableness, reliability, reliableness
the quality of being dependable or reliable
the quality of being solid and reliable financially or factually or morally
the quality of never making an error
the quality of being reproducible