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Daily Word (14 November 2014)


| rɪˌspɒnsɪˈbɪlɪti |


  • noun (mass noun)
    • the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone
    • the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something
      • [in sing.] (“responsibility to/towards”) a moral obligation to behave correctly towards or in respect of
    • the opportunity or ability to act indepedently and take decisions without authorization
      • [count noun] (often “responsibilities”) a thing which one is required to do as part of a job, role, or legal obligation

Etymology (for “responsible”)

Late 16th century (‘answering to, ‘corresponding’) from obsolete French responsible, from Latin respons- (‘answered’, ‘offered in return’) from the verb respondere.

In Other Languages

  • Bahasa Indonesia: tanggung jawabpertanggunan jawab
  • بهاس ملايو:
    • تڠڬوڠ جواب (tanggung jawab)
  • Cebuano: kaakohan
  • Deutsch:
    • die Verantwortung (charge)
    • die Verantwortlichkeit (accountability)
  • Español: la responsabilidad
  • Filipino:
    • pananagutan (accountability)
    • tungkulin (duty)
  • Français: la responsabilité
  • 한국어: 책임 (chaeg-im)
  • Italiano: la responsabilità
  • ភាសាខ្មែរ: ការទទួលខុសត្រូវ (karottuolkhosatrauv)
  • Latino: officium
  • မြန်မာဘာသာ: တာဝန်ယူခြင်း
  • 日本語:
    • 責任 (せきにん) (liability)
    • 義務 (ぎむ) (duty)
  • ພາສາລາວ: ຄວາມຮັບຜິດຊອບ (khuaamhabphidsob)
  • ภาษาไทย: ความรับผิดชอบ (khwām rạbp̄hidchxb)
  • தமிழ்: பொறுப்பு (poṟuppu)
  • Tiếng Việt: trách nhiệm
  • 中文: 義務 / 义务 (Pinyin: yìwù)



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