Definition - Responsibility

TBR: From the KM Functions COP perspective, responsbilities are obligations associated with a KM Function. TBD: Also for this COP can include the ability or authority to act. See also roles, competences, knowledge, skills and behaviors (and abilities).

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Responsibility - EXTRACT of selected entries
  • "the state or fact of being responsible."
  • "an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!"
  • "a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority"
  • "a person or thing for which one is responsible" - World English Dictionary

"- Synonyms" - "answerability, accountability."

"- Related Words" - "duty, obligatoin, province responsibleness"

1. answerable or accountable, as for something within one's power, control, or management (often followed by to or for ): He is responsible to the president for his decisions.
2. involving accountability or responsibility: a responsible position.
3. chargeable with being the author, cause, or occasion of something (usually followed by for): Termites were responsible for the damage.
4. having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable; capable of rational thought or action: The defendant is not responsible for his actions.
5. able to discharge obligations or pay debts.

- responsibility. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved August 29, 2011, from website:

World English Dictionary:
1. the state or position of being responsible
2. a person or thing for which one is responsible
3. the ability or authority to act or decide on one's own, without supervision

- responsibility. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved August 29, 2011, from website: