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English noun: responsibility

1. responsibility (act) the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force


SamplesWe must instill a sense of duty in our children.
Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.


Synonymsduty, obligation


Broader (hypernym)social control


Narrower (hyponym)burden of proof, civic duty, civic responsibility, demand, filial duty, guardianship, imperative, incumbency, job, keeping, legal duty, line of duty, moral obligation, noblesse oblige, prerequisite, requirement, requirement, safekeeping, white man's burden

2. responsibility (state) the proper sphere or extent of your activities


SamplesIt was his province to take care of himself.


Synonymsprovince


Broader (hypernym)area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere


Narrower (hyponym)ecclesiastical province

3. responsibility (attribute) a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct


SamplesHe holds a position of great responsibility.


Synonymsresponsibleness


Broader (hypernym)trustiness, trustworthiness


Narrower (hyponym)accountability, answerability, answerableness, dependability, dependableness, fault, reliability, reliableness


Part meronymcharacter, fiber, fibre


Attributeirresponsible, responsible


Antonymsirresponsibility, irresponsibleness









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