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RESPONSIBILITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does responsibility mean? 

RESPONSIBILITY (noun)
  The noun RESPONSIBILITY has 3 senses:

1. the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
2. the proper sphere or extent of your activities
3. a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct

  Familiarity information: RESPONSIBILITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESPONSIBILITY (noun)


Sense 1responsibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

obligation; responsibility; duty

Context examples:

we must instill a sense of duty in our children / every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty

Hypernyms ("responsibility" is a kind of...):

social control (control exerted (actively or passively) by group action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "responsibility"):

job (the responsibility to do something)

demand; requirement (required activity)

prerequisite; requirement (something that is required in advance)

white man's burden (the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects)

line of duty (all that is normally required in some area of responsibility)

legal duty (acts which the law requires be done or forborne)

incumbency (a duty that is incumbent upon you)

imperative (some duty that is essential and urgent)

filial duty (duty of a child to its parents)

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)


Sense 2responsibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The proper sphere or extent of your activities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

province; responsibility

Context example:

it was his province to take care of himself

Hypernyms ("responsibility" is a kind of...):

area; arena; domain; field; orbit; sphere (a particular environment or walk of life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "responsibility"):

ecclesiastical province (the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order)


Sense 3responsibility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

responsibleness; responsibility

Context example:

he holds a position of great responsibility

Hypernyms ("responsibility" is a kind of...):

trustiness; trustworthiness (the trait of deserving trust and confidence)

Attribute:

responsible (worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable)

irresponsible (showing lack of care for consequences)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "responsibility"):

fault (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)

Holonyms ("responsibility" is a part of...):

character; fiber; fibre (the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions)

Antonym:

irresponsibility (a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions)


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