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

n the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force

“every right implies a responsibility
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
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social control
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

“he holds a position of great responsibility
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
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trustiness, trustworthiness
the trait of deserving trust and confidence

n the proper sphere or extent of your activities

ecclesiastical province
the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order
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area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
a particular environment or walk of life

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