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Synonyms of 'responsibility'

(noun) 
Definition
a person or thing for which one is responsible
The 600 properties were his responsibility.
Synonyms
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business
Parenting can be a stressful business.
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job
the pressure of being the first woman in the job
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task
He had the unenviable task of breaking the bad news.
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accountability
an impetus towards democracy and greater accountability
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onus
The onus was on the Italians to find a solution.
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answerability
(noun) 
Definition
the state of being responsible
They have admitted responsibility for the accident.
Synonyms
fault
It was all my fault we quarrelled.
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blame
I could not let an innocent man take the blame for this.
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liability
What was once a vote-catching policy is now a political liability.
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guilt
You were never convinced of his guilt, were you?
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culpability
He added there was clear culpability on the part of the government.
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burden
Having more responsibility at work felt like a burden to him.
(noun) 
This helps employees balance work and family responsibilities.
Synonyms
obligation
I have an ethical and moral obligation to my client.
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duty
My duty is to look after the animals.
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liability
They admit liability, but dispute the amount of his claim.
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charge
I have been given charge of this class.
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care
He never seemed to have a care in the world.
(noun) 
a better-paying job with more responsibility
Synonyms
authority
The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
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power
women who have reached positions of great power and influence
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control
The first aim of his government would be to establish control over the republic's territory.
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management
the responsibility for its day-to-day management
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leadership
He praised her leadership during the crisis.
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importance
He was too puffed up with his own importance to accept the verdict.
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mana (New Zealand)
a leader of great mana and influence
(noun) 
Definition
a person or thing for which one is responsible
I'm glad it's not my responsibility to be their guardian.
Synonyms
job
Their main job is to preserve health rather than treat illness.
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function
The main function of merchant banks is to raise capital.
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role
His role in the events has been pivotal.
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pigeon (informal)
It's a general problem, not our pigeon.
(noun) 
I think she's shown responsibility.
Synonyms
level-headedness
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maturity
Many teenagers lack self confidence and maturity.
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common sense
Her mother acted with remarkable common sense.
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reliability
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rationality
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reasonableness
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dependability
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trustworthiness
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conscientiousness
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soberness
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sensibleness

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Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown [William ShakespeareHenry IV, part II]
The buck stops here [Harry S. Trumanmotto on his desk at the White House]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accountability
an impetus towards democracy and greater accountability
Synonyms
answerability,
chargeability
in the sense of blame
Definition
responsibility for something that is wrong
I could not let an innocent man take the blame for this.
Synonyms
in the sense of burden
Definition
something that is difficult to bear
Having more responsibility at work felt like a burden to him.

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