noun ( pl. -ties)
the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone : women bear children and take responsibility for child care.
• the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something : the group has claimed responsibility for a string of murders.
• the opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization : we would expect individuals lower down the organization to take on more responsibility.
• (often responsibilities) a thing that one is required to do as part of a job, role, or legal obligation : he will take over the responsibilities of overseas director.
• [in sing. ] ( responsibility to/toward) a moral obligation to behave correctly toward or in respect of : individuals have a responsibility to control personal behavior.