Responsibility Law and Legal Definition

Responsibility is the fact or state of being accountable. It is the state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable, as for a trust, debt, or obligation. The term has several other meaning such as reliability, trustworthiness, dependability, loyalty, faithfulness, efficiency, competency, uprightness, firmness, steadfastness, stability, ability, accountability, liability, culpability, obligation, trust, charge, and duty. For example, if A has the responsibility of some tasks, it means A must justify actions, consequences of actions, and situations relating to that task in front of an addressee. The responsible person is accountable for his or her own actions and under specific conditions also for actions performed by others for whom he or she is vicariously responsible. Employers, for example, are liable for certain acts of their employees.