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Webster 1913 Edition


Responsibility

Re-sponˊsi-bil′i-ty

(r?-sp?nˊs?-b?l′?-t?)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
-ties
(-t[GREEK]z)
.
[Cf. F.
responsabilité
.]
1.
The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable, as for a trust, debt, or obligation.
2.
That for which anyone is responsible or accountable;
as, the
resonsibilities
of power
.
3.
Ability to answer in payment; means of paying.

Webster 1828 Edition


Responsibility

RESPONSIBIL'ITY

,
Noun.
[from responsible.]
1.
The state of being accountable or answerable, as for a trust or office, or for a debt.
It is used in the plural; as heavy responsibilities.
2.
Ability to answer in payment; means of paying contracts.

Definition 2021


responsibility

responsibility

English

Noun

responsibility (plural responsibilities)

  1. The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable.
    Responsibility is a heavy burden.
  2. A duty, obligation or liability for which someone is held accountable.
    Why didn't you clean the house? That was your responsibility!
    The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world - Harry S. Truman
  3. (military) 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.
  4. (military) The obligation for the proper custody, care, and safekeeping of property or funds entrusted to the possession or supervision of an individual.

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