(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
1. liability, liableness, responsibility, possibility, probability, contingency, susceptibility; duty; liabilities, debts (see debt); drawback (see hindrance). See tendency.
2. person responsible, point person.
Verbs — be liable, incur, lay oneself open to, risk, run the risk, stand a chance, lie under, expose oneself to, open a door to; be responsible for, answer for.
Adjectives — liable, subject, in danger, open to, exposed to, apt to, dependent on, responsible, answerable, accountable, incurring; contingent, incidental, possible, on or in the cards, at the mercy of.
Adverbs — responsibly, etc.; at the risk of. Informal, likely.
Conjunctions — lest, for fear that.
Quotations — I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty (John D. Rockefeller), To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail (Thomas Jefferson).
Antonyms, see exemption.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The state of being liable]
Syn. obligation, indebtedness, owing, susceptibility, subjection to, amenability, answerability, accountability, accountableness, exposedness, compulsion, amenableness, being made accountable; see also responsibility 2 .
Ant. freedom*, exemption, immunity.
2. [A source of liability, sense 1]
Syn. balance, burden, arrearage, arrears, account, debit, remainder, pledge, accident, chance, involvement, responsibility, encumbrance, exposed position, contingency, indebtment, possibility, misfortune, onus, contract, lease, mortgage; see also debt 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. responsibility accountability, burden, blame, obligation.
2. debt indebtedness, obligation, due, debit.
3. drawback disadvantage, hindrance, handicap, impediment, encumbrance, millstone, burden.
ANT.: 1. immunity. 2. asset. 3. advantage, plus
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A condition of owing something to another: arrearage, arrears, indebtedness, debt, obligation. See PAY. 2. The condition of being laid open to something undesirable or injurious: exposure, openness, susceptibility, susceptibleness, vulnerability, vulnerableness. See PROTECTION. 3. Something, such as money, owed by one person to another: arrearage, arrears, debt, due, indebtedness, obligation. See OBLIGATION, PAY.

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