Definition of responsibility in English:



  • 1The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.

    ‘a true leader takes responsibility for their team and helps them achieve goals’
    • ‘‘The minister's prime responsibility and biggest duty is to ensure public safety,’ she said.’
    • ‘In their new role, grandmothers became intimately involved with their grandchildren by assuming primary responsibility for their care.’
    • ‘I make the effort, not only to recycle but to take responsibility for the waste my home produces.’
    • ‘I'm sure it's possible for us as a species to take responsibility for our own waste products.’
    • ‘Women are more likely to take responsibility for daily and routine money management and ensure that children's needs are met.’
    • ‘Individual producers are encouraged to take responsibility for the biosecurity of their livestock enterprises.’
    • ‘The pilot in command bears ultimate responsibility for his own safety.’
    • ‘The more we take responsibility for our energy, the more empowered and productive we become.’
    • ‘Throughout the marriage, Heather assumed primary responsibility for the care of the children and the home.’
    • ‘And in turn, those subjugated by that state should take responsibility for their leaders.’
    • ‘There was a lack of creativity and a lack of taking responsibility on our part, " Christie said.’
    • ‘Fellow climbers offer limited help, but no one is prepared to take responsibility for his life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As well as recruiting for the new roles, the company will take responsibility for training and management of all new hires.’
    • ‘There was an onus on parents to take responsibility for their children and this was not emphasised enough.’
    • ‘The first step is to take responsibility for your computer just like you take responsibility for your own health.’
    • ‘The NEP is designed to encourage local communities to take responsibility for managing their own estuaries.’
    • ‘However, paraprofessionals assumed primary responsibility for the personal care of students and for playground supervision.’
    • ‘And, if we deal with reality, scholars must take responsibility for theories.’
    authority, control, power, leadership, management, influence
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    1. 1.1 The state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.
      ‘the group has claimed responsibility for a string of murders’
      • ‘The proprietors will not accept responsibility for any loss of or damage to personal property while on the premises.’
      • ‘The letter attempts to apportion responsibility and blame between our council and the Government.’
      • ‘Start by accepting this responsibility and stop blaming others for your failures.’
      • ‘Every department blames the other and no one accepts responsibility.’
      • ‘Not once did the manager accept any blame or responsibility himself.’
      • ‘For the first time, something deep within his being finally faced the facts, finally accepted responsibility.’
      • ‘He places the blame and responsibility for the murder on the boy in question and how he was raised.’
      • ‘The President is constitutionally unable to accept blame or responsibility for anything which happens under his watch.’
      • ‘Do you want me to take full blame and full responsibility?’
      • ‘Now, there has been a claim of responsibility for today's attack.’
      • ‘I had not realised how much he blamed himself, how willing he was to accept full responsibility for what had happened to me.’
      • ‘They shirked responsibility, put the blame on others, finding refuge in generalities and then in an unthinking bustle of activity.’
      • ‘Once again the government is abdicating its responsibility and laying the blame elsewhere.’
      • ‘This is another form of avoiding responsibility and shifting blame.’
      • ‘In fact, no one has claimed responsibility for any of the recent terrorist attacks in the area.’
      • ‘No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but such violence is usually blamed on religious militants.’
      • ‘But a minister should also be prepared to accept blame and responsibility for the mistakes and bungles made.’
      • ‘No one seemed to care, be accountable, or accept responsibility - except me.’
      • ‘The blame and responsibility rests squarely upon human shoulders.’
      • ‘And by setting up a demand that is impossible to fulfil, it replaces responsibility and accountability with blame.’
      blame, fault, guilt, culpability, blameworthiness, liability
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    2. 1.2 The opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization.
      ‘we would expect individuals lower down the organization to take on more responsibility’
      • ‘Meanwhile, employers have made a decision to pass retirement responsibility back to the state, by closing final salary schemes up and down the country.’
      • ‘Give responsibility for minor decision making to the elder councils.’
      • ‘This sums up very neatly his belief that people should be given both responsibility and opportunity, and that they will use both wisely.’
      • ‘Moreover, the job has provided me with great responsibility as well as opportunities, many of which I have exploited.’
      • ‘He said the corporation should also be given some responsibility and authority in the sandmining operations.’
      • ‘And they want equality of both opportunity and responsibility.’
      • ‘Lessons about decision making and responsibility are combined with often harsh physical tests to reinforce the message.’
      • ‘Cultures like the Japanese or some continental European ones are less aghast at the idea of collective decision making and responsibility.’
      • ‘He observed that meetings served several illusory purposes: communication, decision making, and responsibility.’
      • ‘It's very important for the growth of the child's ability and responsibility to think in a complex way.’
      • ‘Install a corporate ethics officer with real authority and independent reporting responsibility to the board.’
      • ‘It's a real commitment to equal opportunity, to fiscal responsibility and a fair society.’
      • ‘Employees are chosen for self-sufficiency and for the ability to take responsibility.’
      • ‘The increases were recommended by independent panels, which say new ways of making decisions mean more responsibility and work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you believe in social justice, in solidarity, in equality of opportunity and responsibility, then believe in the reforms to get us there.’
      • ‘Give employees ownership of and responsibility for their decisions.’
      • ‘Not making a decision absolves procrastinators of responsibility for the outcome of events.’
      • ‘They already have responsibility for key decisions about transport, waste, energy, housing and other development.’
    3. 1.3often responsibilities A thing that one is required to do as part of a job, role, or legal obligation.
      ‘he will take over the responsibilities of overseas director’
      • ‘The company cannot be allowed to get out of its legal responsibilities in this way.’
      • ‘My responsibilities have dramatically decreased, giving me time to learn my lines.’
      • ‘The role and responsibilities of the sponsor in clinical research are key issues.’
      • ‘I have different responsibilities now, and as yet have no idea how onerous they'll be.’
      • ‘I hope they will receive a commensurate pay rise for any additional responsibilities.’
      • ‘The burden of his espionage responsibilities gives him a distinct air of desperation.’
      • ‘I know of a particular group who are already set up and will take on this task and the responsibilities that go with it.’
      • ‘The table gives the main roles and responsibilities for research governance.’
      • ‘These newly elected trustees must surely be aware of the magnitude of their responsibilities.’
      • ‘Actors need to adopt a wider set of roles and responsibilities, underpinned by regulation.’
      • ‘It would have responsibilities over a range of areas including jobs, housing and planning.’
      • ‘His responsibilities include modernisation of the health service across the North.’
      • ‘Civilian officers have been asked to take on their responsibilities, he said.’
      • ‘The club is well aware of its responsibilities and treats the situation very seriously.’
      • ‘Unhappiness at work and home can also arise if you feel unsure about how to cope with your responsibilities.’
      • ‘Three months ago my girlfriend began a more demanding job with a lot of new responsibilities.’
      • ‘We have a social responsibility and the authority has legal responsibilities.’
      • ‘Further official roles and responsibilities are being drawn up by the board.’
      • ‘He has resumed full responsibilities at work and continues to play a key role in the partnership.’
      • ‘She'd like me to be more creative, but that kind of life is easier if you don't have responsibilities.’
      duty, task, function, job, role, place, charge, business, onus, burden, liability, accountability, answerability, province
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    4. 1.4responsibility to/towardin singular A moral obligation to behave correctly toward or in respect of.
      ‘individuals have a responsibility to control personal behavior’
      • ‘Certainly we have a responsibility to work toward relieving the global burden of injustice.’
      • ‘They have the responsibility to behave reasonably in the face of possible threats.’
      • ‘I think they have a moral responsibility to people.’
      • ‘Each and every individual has a responsibility towards these forests and trees, he said.’
      • ‘We have a responsibility to respect their creative integrity and artistic vision while finding new ways to do business.’
      • ‘I believe we have a moral responsibility to change the world for today's and tomorrow's children.’
      • ‘Or might we reduce it to a moral question: do not occupiers have a moral responsibility to take the most extraordinary care with civilian lives?’
      • ‘They understand that they have the responsibility to behave in an acceptable manner.’
      • ‘I also maintain that employers have a moral responsibility to pay their staff a living wage.’
      • ‘Where the private sector fails to provide jobs, the public sector has a moral responsibility to do so.’
      • ‘Every person has a responsibility to behave with integrity, honesty and fairness.’
      • ‘Junior staff now have limits on their working hours, but we have a moral responsibility to get the work done.’
      • ‘We have a responsibility to respect the consciences of the individuals and groups among us and among the church community.’
      • ‘I don't know about the UN's legal rights, but surely there's a moral responsibility to intervene.’
      • ‘Individuals had a moral responsibility to secure just rights for themselves and others.’
      • ‘Let's examine if we have an ethical responsibility to respect this secret.’
      • ‘You and I have a moral responsibility to lift these families out of poverty.’
      • ‘They have a moral responsibility to be impartial and to show that they are impartial.’
      • ‘He says that to maintain integrity, doctors have a moral responsibility to act as advocates for their patients and try and change the system.’
      • ‘Every citizen has the right to information, but they also have a responsibility to respect various security considerations.’
      trustworthiness, level-headedness, rationality, sanity, reason, reasonableness, sense, common sense, stability, maturity, adultness, reliability, dependability, competence
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