Meaning of responsibility

re•spon•si•bil•i•ty

Pronunciation: (ri-spon"su-bil'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. the state or fact of being responsible.
  2. an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!
  3. a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority.
  4. a person or thing for which one is responsible: A child is a responsibility to its parents.
  5. reliability or dependability, esp. in meeting debts or payments.
  6. on one's own initiative or authority: He changed the order on his own responsibility.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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