• WordNet 3.6
    • n responsibility the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr "we must instill a sense of duty in our children","every right implies a responsibility"
    • n responsibility a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct "he holds a position of great responsibility"
    • n responsibility the proper sphere or extent of your activities "it was his province to take care of himself"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has been suggested that shepherds are responsible for inventing the game golf. It is said that they used to use their staffs to hit the stones
    • Responsibility Ability to answer in payment; means of paying.
    • Responsibility That for which anyone is responsible or accountable; as, the resonsibilities of power.
    • Responsibility The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable, as for a trust, debt, or obligation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans are responsible for generating roughly 20% percent of the garbage in the world
    • n responsibility The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable.
    • n responsibility That for which one is responsible or accountable; a trust, duty, or the like: as, heavy responsibilities.
    • n responsibility Ability to answer in payment; means of paying contracts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world's garbage annually. On average, that's 3 pounds a day per person.
    • Responsibility state of being responsible: what one is responsible for: a trust
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  • Napoleon Hill
    “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.”
  • J. R. Miller
    J. R. Miller
    “It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Alas after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. responsabilité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. respondēre, responsumre-, back, spondēre, to promise.


In literature:

An instinct is at once an unlearned mechanism for making a response and an unlearned tendency to make it.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
A moment later he turned in response to a knock on his door.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
A shocking thing had happened, and, in some degree, he held himself responsible for that happening.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
We are responsible for it now, and we are willing to stand responsible for it before the world.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He felt the awfulness of the crisis and the responsibility of his position.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
The sober little boy had sensed at once that the responsibilities of manhood had been thrust upon him, and he must make good.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Their work is carelessly performed, and frequently they are directly responsible for the development of complication and dangerous sequelae.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Howe as editor was responsible.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
Indirectly Pitt and Dundas were responsible for these disasters.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Don't imagine your husband is totally free from cares and responsibilities just because he is not at business.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague

In poetry:

What though no answering voice is heard!
Thine oracles, the written Word,
Counsel and guidance still impart,
Responsive to the upright heart.
"O God, Who didst Thy will unfold" by Josiah Conder
Untouch'd, the harp began to ring,
As softly, slowly, oped the door;
And shook responsive every string,
As light a footstep press'd the floor.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
I strike--but lo, the wonted thrill,
Of joy in sorrowing cadence dies:
Alas! the minstrel's hand is chill,
And the sad lute, responsive, sighs.
"Remembrance" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
The forest did his wants supply,
Content he was with nature's scheme;
For, fail'd the woods to satisfy,
There came response from lake or stream.
"The Indian" by Thomas Frederick Young
Here, where thy playfulness oft drew
Responsive mirth from all around,
And its gay influence o'er us threw,
Long shall thy memory fresh be found.
"On the Death of Ellen Sharp - 1822" by Eliza Acton
"Since Enrick's fight, since Morna's death,
No more on me shall rapture rise,
Responsive to the panting breath,
Or yielding kiss, or melting eyes.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Vilsack on Swine Flu Response.
All the folks here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS were pleased with the response generated by Gary Kent's article, "Homestead Firearms".
I saw a news report last night from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on how unhealthy supposedly healthy fast-food is for kids.
Olmar Albers is responsible for marketing and sales.
As the Nurse Manager, you will assume 24-hour responsibility for overall assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care on the unit.
Sunday's column on the oil industry's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and the subsequent drilling moratorium started with what I thought was a nice little analogy .
And boy, did we get a ton of responses.
Southfield to probe 911 response after boy, 10, dies of asthma attack .
That's the response of Tom Sawyer, a long-time Kansas Democrat lawmaker.
The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for the redevelopment of Jackson Square, like all CACs, has major responsibilities.
Since we we loved your responses to the last Viewer Challenge so much, we're doing it again.
Turning Technologies, a provider of student response solutions, adds Ithaca College to its list of institutions to standardize support around the company's student response solutions.
What are a driver's responsibilities after hitting an animal, such as a deer or cow, and are the responsibilities any different if it is a pet, such as a dog or cat.
Responsible Supply Management AT&T's rating system reports the environmental impact of its products to consumers and helps drive responsible supplier performance.
" "It's not been a perfect response, but we're very proud of the response we've had, this is the biggest response we've had in five years as an organization.

In science:

First results on the response and resolution of the detector are then obtained by using the number of hits as a measure of energy. A preliminary analysis of the data showed the expected response for both pions and positrons.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
The design of HMQV is based on Hashed Dual challenge-Response (HDR) signatures and Hashed Challenge-Response (HCR) signatures, which are in turn based on Dual Challenge-Response (DCR) and eXponential Challenge-Response (XCR) signatures.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
In contrast to the non-linear stretching response (Eq. (12)), where the contribution of the random-force undulations decreases relative to that of their thermal counterpart as the pulling force increases, in the linear compressional response the the two contributions enter on equal footing.
A constrained random-force model for weakly bending semiflexible polymers
The clinical responses of interest included partial and complete response.
Bayesian phase I/II adaptively randomized oncology trials with combined drugs
Let Zpk0 q be the responsibility for some subset of B σ s pn, ρq  Y for which Bσ pn, ρq is already taking responsibility clopen subset of Bσ with certainty k0 .
Strong jump traceability and Demuth randomness