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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun responsibility:

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Definition of the noun responsibility

What does responsibility mean as a name of something?

Responsibility is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: responsibilities

  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
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of responsibility: province
    • more generic words: area / arena / domain / field / orbit / sphere = a particular environment or walk of life
    • more specific term: ecclesiastical province = the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order
  3. a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct

Alternative definition of the noun responsibility


  1. The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable.
  2. A duty, obligation or liability for which someone is held accountable.
  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. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
  4. [military] The obligation for the proper custody, care, and safekeeping of property or funds entrusted to the possession or supervision of an individual. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).


  1. "Responsibility" is a song by MxPx. It was released in 2000 and appeared on their sixth album The Ever Passing Moment and was a minor radio hit, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. The video, which is directed by The Malloys, features Mike, Tom, and Yuri messing around and causing mayhem while caddying at a golf course, and also includes an appearance by Cheers star George Wendt.
  2. "Responsibility" is a composition.
  3. "Responsibility" is a musical single of MxPx.
    • released on (14 years ago)


"Responsibility" is a book by Laurence Sears.

  • also known as "Responsibility, its development through punishment and reward"


"Responsibility" is a short film, directed by Herk Harvey and written by Margaret Travis.


"Responsibility" is an artwork by Qu Lei Lei.

Phrases with Responsibility

  1. Take Responsibility
  2. civic responsibility
  3. Social responsibility
  4. sense of responsibility

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Responsibility

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Google previewThe Post-formal Reader (1999)

Cognition and Education by Shirley R. Steinberg, Joe L. Kincheloe, Patricia H. Hinchey

Responsibility is a bond that not only determines that we act responsibly, but determines that we are, as pedagogues, responsible to the other. 3. Responsibility is the response to the imperative addressed in a concrete act offacing the other in ...

Google previewCollective Responsibility: Redefining What Falls Between the Cracks for School Reform (2012)

by Frances Whalan

consider that collective responsibility is a characteristic of professional community creating...

If, as the literature suggests, teachers' collective responsibility is an important attribute ...

Google previewPassion in Philosophy (2016)

Essays in Honor of Alphonso Lingis

Lingis states: “Responsibility is a bond. It is a bond...

Google previewThe Gita For Children (2015)

by Roopa Pai

Responsibility is a big word. And it is not quite the same thing as duty. Duty is an obligation, something that you have to do, which you could be punished for not doing. But responsibility is an option – there is no rule that says you have to take it ...

Google previewComputational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems (2013)

14th International Workshop, CLIMA XIV, Corunna, Spain, September 16-18, 2013, Proceedings by Joao Leite, Tran Cao Son, Paolo Torroni, Leon van der Torre, Stefan Woltran

Introduction Responsibility is a central concept in philosophy and social sciences.

Google previewKrakowskie Studia Międzynarodowe 2008/1 (2008)

The United States, the European Union and Modernity by Andrzej Bryk

Responsibility is a virtue that steps in when one's interest is at a loss to decide between gaining a benefit and enduring some danger, and may therefore be content...

Responsibility is the virtue that makes possible lack of virtue, or self- interest.

Google previewBusiness Law, Text and Cases (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Corporate social responsibility is a form of corporate selfregulation integrated into a business model. Corporate social responsibility policy functions as a builtin, selfregulating mechanism whereby a business monitors and ensures its active ...

Google previewTowards Responsible Government in East Asia (2009)

Trajectories, Intentions and Meanings by Assistant Professor Department of Public and Social Administration Linda Chelan Li, Linda Chelan Li

Responsibility is a key concept concerning the development of governmental ethics.

Google previewFamily Whispering (2014)

The Baby Whisperer's Commonsense Strategies for Communicating and Connecting with the People You Love and Making Your Whole Family Stronger by Melinda Blau, Tracy Hogg

Responsibility is the willingness to pull your weight, to work toward long-term goals, to do the right thing. A responsible person is invested and involved and can be counted on to show up. And showing up, even when it's hard, builds character.

Google previewCriminology Skills (2012)

by Emily Finch, Stefan Fafinski

Diminished responsibility is a defence to murder which reduces liability to voluntary manslaughter, which can carry any sentence from an absolute discharge to life imprisonment. Murder is a common law offence. As the most serious form of ...

Google previewRelating to Responsibility (2001)

Essays in Honour of Tony Honoré on his 80th Birthday by Peter Cane, John Gardner

Outcome responsibility is a familiar and pervasive feature of human life—persons think of themselves, and of each other, in terms of the impact that they...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Civil Society (2009)

by Helmut K. Anheier, Stefan Toepler

For some, social responsibility is a brake on untrammeled corporate greed for profits; for others it is a goal to be achieved through all of a corporation's actions. For some, social responsibility is an objective in tension with other corporate ...

Google previewProceedings of the ... Conference for Education in the South (1908)

Responsibility is a great word, ladies and gentlemen.

Google previewProceedings of the First-seventeenth Conference for Education in the South ... . 1898-1914 (1908)

Responsibility is a great word, ladies and gentlemen.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Key Topics and Issues (2012)

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is in a “preparadigmatic phase where there is scant agreement on definitions and terms and no consensus has been reached about what it includes and does not include in its boundaries” (Googins, Mirvis ...

Google previewDictionary of Youth Justice (2013)

by Barry Goldson

Responsibility for thedeliveryofthe reparationorder isvested intheYouth Justice Agency, butithasbeen littleused by the court. Much greater use has been made of the community responsibility order, however.This order,of between 20and ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Real Estate Business Terms (2013)

by William E. (Bill) Roark, William R. (Ryan) Roark

The lessor will generally retain responsibility for the exterior of the building and the roof.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1975)

Volume 2 - AN/FSQ-7 Computer to Bivalent Programming by Implicit Enumeration by Jack Belzer

The SDC assumed full responsibility for the software systems in the late 1950s, a responsibility that they retained for the duration of the SAGE system. SDC also assumed the responsibility of development of training programs for each air ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Lesotho (2013)

by Scott Rosenberg, Richard F. Weisfelder

Scott Rosenberg assumed responsibility for the early history of Lesotho, for most of the 19th and 20th century prior to independence, and for substantial entries dealing with Lesotho's modern culture, civil society, economy, and social issues.

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

Further problems, whichalso bearon responsibility, concern omissions,inaction, negligenceand also unintentional actions,as when one frightensa bystander, or involuntary ones, as when one unwillingly reveals one's feelingsby gasping,but ...

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Vikings Fans know Responsibility Has its Rewards (Sign Language)

Quotes about Responsibility

I am here to accept responsibility for that which I did. I will not accept responsibility for that which I did not do. (Oliver L. North)
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Scrabble value of R1E1S1P3O1N1S1I1B3I1L1I1T1Y4

The value of this 14-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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