Definition of responsibility in English:


Line breaks: re|spon¦si|bil¦ity
Pronunciation: /rɪˌspɒnsɪˈbɪlɪti

noun (plural responsibilities)

[mass noun]
  • 1The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone: women bear children and take responsibility for childcare
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    • So therefore, we have to take responsibility for controlling those powers we develop.
    • The entire community has to take responsibility for preventing and dealing with victimization.
    • The NEP is designed to encourage local communities to take responsibility for managing their own estuaries.
    authority, control, power, leadership, management, influence; duty
  • 3The opportunity or ability to act independently and take decisions without authorization: we expect individuals to take on more responsibility
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    • Install a corporate ethics officer with real authority and independent reporting responsibility to the board.
    • They were given both decision making power and responsibility.
    • Such mutual independence supported by collective responsibility through state institutions seems like a good thing to me.
  • 3.1 [count noun] (often responsibilities) A thing which one is required to do as part of a job, role, or legal obligation: he will take over the responsibilities of Overseas Director
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    • Actors need to adopt a wider set of roles and responsibilities, underpinned by regulation.
    • Further official roles and responsibilities are being drawn up by the board.
    • The table gives the main roles and responsibilities for research governance.


on one's own responsibility

Without authorization: he postponed, on his own responsibility, a proposal for a broadcast by the Archbishop of Canterbury
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  • Is an archbishop authorized to draw that kind of money on his own responsibility, without telling anybody?
  • Rather than sticking to your own stable skills, you should be flexible and polyvalent, and you should do this on your own responsibility, autonomously.
  • To that end they supply services to third parties, on their own responsibility, thus acting independently within the meaning of Article 4 of the Sixth Directive.

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