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Definition 1: the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force - [noun denoting act]

Samples where responsibility or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for responsibility in the sense of this definition

(responsibility is a kind of ...) control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

(... is a kind of responsibility ) the responsibility to do something

"it is their job to print the truth"

(... is a kind of responsibility ) something that is required in advance

"Latin was a prerequisite for admission"

(... is a kind of responsibility ) the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects

(... is a kind of responsibility ) all that is normally required in some area of responsibility

(... is a kind of responsibility ) acts which the law requires be done or forborne

(... is a kind of responsibility ) a duty that is incumbent upon you

(... is a kind of responsibility ) some duty that is essential and urgent

(... is a kind of responsibility ) duty of a child to its parents

(... is a kind of responsibility ) the responsibilities of a citizen

(... is a kind of responsibility ) the duty of proving a disputed charge

(... is a kind of responsibility ) the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)

(... is a kind of responsibility ) an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong

"he did it out of a feeling of moral obligation"

(... is a kind of responsibility ) the responsibility of a guardian or keeper

"he left his car in my keeping"

(... is a kind of responsibility ) required activity

"the requirements of his work affected his health" "there were many demands on his time"

Definition 2: a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where responsibility or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he holds a position of great responsibility

Synonyms for responsibility in the sense of this definition

(responsibility is a kind of ...) the trait of deserving trust and confidence

(... is a kind of responsibility ) responsibility for a bad situation or event

"it was John's fault"

(... is a kind of responsibility ) responsibility to someone or for some activity

(... is a kind of responsibility ) the quality of being dependable or reliable

(... is part of responsibility) the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions

"education has for its object the formation of character"

(... are attributes of responsibility) worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable

"a responsible adult" "responsible journalism" "a responsible position" "the captain is responsible for the ship's safety" "the cabinet is responsible to the parliament"

(... are attributes of responsibility) showing lack of care for consequences

"behaved like an irresponsible idiot" "hasty and irresponsible action"

Definition 3: the proper sphere or extent of your activities - [noun denoting state]

Samples where responsibility or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was his province to take care of himself

Synonyms for responsibility in the sense of this definition

(responsibility is a kind of ...) a particular environment or walk of life

"his social sphere is limited" "it was a closed area of employment" "he's out of my orbit"

(... is a kind of responsibility ) the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order

"the general of the Jesuits has several provinces under him"

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