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Responsibility is the state of being "responsible", or answerable for an act performed or for its consequences, especially morally, legally, or politically.


  • 'Am I responsible or are you', a senior official asked his pilot, dubiously beginning a flight to Baghdad, 'for seeing that this machine is not overloaded?' 'That will have to be decided at the inquest.'
  • With great power there must also come — great responsibility!
    • Amazing Fantasy #15, August 1962 (the first Spider-Man story)
    • Variant: "With great power comes great responsibility."
      • Possibly used in Isaac Asimov's novella "The Bicentennial Man" (1976)
      • "Uncle" Ben Parker, in Spider-Man (2002)
      • The saying, however, long pre-dates these sources, appearing in print in a number of variants since at least 1817 (Thomas C. Hansard, ed (1817). Parliamentary Debates. p. 1227. Retrieved on October 10, 2013. "He should, however, beg leave to remind the conductors of the press of their duty to apply to themselves a maxim which they never neglected to urge on the consideration of government —"that the possession of great power necessarily implies great responsibility." ).

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