Pronunciation: (ri-spon"su-bil'i-tē),[key] —n., —pl.-ties. 1. the state or fact of being responsible.
2. an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours! 3. a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority. 4. a person or thing for which one is responsible: A child is a responsibility to its parents. 5. reliability or dependability, esp. in meeting debts or payments.
6. on one's own responsibility, on one's own initiative or authority: He changed the order on his own responsibility.