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 childcareMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2The state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something: the group has claimed responsibility for a string of murdersMore example sentences
- The President is constitutionally unable to accept blame or responsibility for anything which happens under his watch.
- But a minister should also be prepared to accept blame and responsibility for the mistakes and bungles made.
- And by setting up a demand that is impossible to fulfil, it replaces responsibility and accountability with blame.
- 2.1 [in singular] (responsibility to/towards) A moral obligation to behave correctly towards or in respect of: individuals have a responsibility to control their behaviourMore example sentences
- They have the responsibility to behave reasonably in the face of possible threats.
- Individuals had a moral responsibility to secure just rights for themselves and others.
- I think they have a moral responsibility to people.
- 3The opportunity or ability to act independently and take decisions without authorization: we expect individuals to take on more responsibilityMore example sentences
- 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 DirectorMore example sentences
- 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 CanterburyMore example sentences
- 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.