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English definition of “responsibility”

responsibility

noun  /rɪˌspɑn·səˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/ us  

responsibility noun (DUTY)

[C/U] a duty to take care of something: [C] With this promotion, Jorge’s responsibilities will be increased. [U] Parents must assume responsibility for their children.

responsibility noun (BLAME)

[U] the cause of a particular action or situation, esp. a harmful or unpleasant one: The oil company has denied responsibility for the leak.
(Definition of responsibility from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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