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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.


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.


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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