• IPA: /ɹɪˌspɑnsəˈbɪlɪɾi/


  1. The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable.
    Responsibility is a heavy burden.
  2. The state of being liable, culpable, or responsible for something in particular.
  3. 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
  4. (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.
  5. (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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