Other forms: responsibilities

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."

Definitions of responsibility
  1. noun
    the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
    “every right implies a responsibility
    synonyms: duty, obligation
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    the responsibility to do something
    guardianship, keeping, safekeeping
    the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
    moral obligation
    an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong
    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
    some duty that is essential and urgent
    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
    demand, requirement
    required activity
    custody, hands
    (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child
    jury duty
    the civic duty to serve on a jury
    fiduciary duty
    the legal duty of a fiduciary to act in the best interests of the beneficiary
    obedience, respect
    behavior intended to please your parents
    a condition that is a prerequisite
    academic requirement
    a requirement for admission to or completion of an academic program
    essential condition, sine qua non
    a prerequisite
    type of:
    social control
    control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
  2. noun
    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
    synonyms: responsibleness
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    irresponsibility, irresponsibleness
    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
    solidity, solidness
    the quality of being solid and reliable financially or factually or morally
    the quality of never making an error
    duplicability, reproducibility
    the quality of being reproducible
    type of:
    trustiness, trustworthiness
    the trait of deserving trust and confidence
  3. noun
    the proper sphere or extent of your activities
    synonyms: province
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    ecclesiastical province
    the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order
    type of:
    area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
    a particular environment or walk of life




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