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Difference Between Responsibility and Fault

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Responsibility

The state, quality, or fact of being responsible.

Fault

A character weakness, especially a minor one.

Responsibility

A duty or obligation that one is responsible for.

Fault

Something that impairs or detracts from physical perfection; a defect.

Responsibility

An expense, debt, or financial burden that one must pay.

Fault

A mistake; an error
A grammatical fault.
A fault in his reasoning.
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Responsibility

The amount of such expense, debt, or financial burden.

Fault

A minor offense or misdeed
Committed her share of youthful faults.

Responsibility

The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable. 18
Responsibility is a heavy burden.

Fault

Responsibility for a mistake or an offense; culpability.

Responsibility

The state of being liable, culpable, or responsible for something in particular.

Fault

(Geology) A fracture in the continuity of a rock formation caused by a shifting or dislodging of the earth's crust, in which adjacent surfaces are displaced relative to one another and parallel to the plane of fracture. Also called shift.
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Responsibility

A duty, obligation or liability for which someone is held accountable.
Why didn't you clean the house? That was your responsibility!

Fault

(Electronics) A defect in a circuit or wiring caused by imperfect connections, poor insulation, grounding, or shorting.

Responsibility

(military) The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success.

Fault

(Sports) A service of the ball that violates the rules in tennis and similar games.

Responsibility

(military) The obligation for the proper custody, care, and safekeeping of property or funds entrusted to the possession or supervision of an individual.

Fault

(Archaic) A lack or deficiency.

Responsibility

The state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable, as for a trust, debt, or obligation.

Fault

To find error or defect in; criticize or blame
Faulted the author for poor research.
Faulted the book for inaccuracies.

Responsibility

That for which anyone is responsible or accountable; as, the resonsibilities of power.

Fault

(Geology) To produce a fault in; fracture.

Responsibility

Ability to answer in payment; means of paying.

Fault

To commit a mistake or an error.

Responsibility

The social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force;
We must instill a sense of duty in our children
Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty

Fault

(Geology) To shift so as to produce a fault.

Responsibility

The proper sphere or extent of your activities;
It was his province to take care of himself

Fault

(Sports) To commit a fault, as in tennis.

Responsibility

A form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct;
He holds a position of great responsibility

Fault

A defect; something that detracts from perfection.

Fault

A mistake or error.
No! This is my fault, not yours.

Fault

A weakness of character; a failing.
Despite for all her faults, she’s a good person at heart.

Fault

A characteristic, positive or negative or both, which subjects a person or thing to increased risk of danger.
You're still young, that's your fault.

Fault

A minor offense.

Fault

Blame; the responsibility for a mistake.
The fault lies with you.

Fault

(seismology) A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity.

Fault

(mining) In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam.
Slate fault
Dirt fault

Fault

(tennis) An illegal serve.

Fault

(electrical) An abnormal connection in a circuit.

Fault

(obsolete) want; lack

Fault

(hunting) A lost scent; act of losing the scent.

Fault

(transitive) To criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone.

Fault

To fracture.

Fault

(intransitive) To commit a mistake or error.

Fault

To undergo a page fault.

Fault

Defect; want; lack; default.
One, it pleases me, for fault of a better, to call my friend.

Fault

Anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish.
As patches set upon a little breachDiscredit more in hiding of the fault.

Fault

A moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime.

Fault

A dislocation of the strata of the vein.

Fault

A lost scent; act of losing the scent.
Ceasing their clamorous cry till they have singled,With much ado, the cold fault cleary out.

Fault

Failure to serve the ball into the proper court.

Fault

A defective point in an electric circuit due to a crossing of the parts of the conductor, or to contact with another conductor or the earth, or to a break in the circuit.

Fault

A dislocation caused by a slipping of rock masses along a plane of facture; also, the dislocated structure resulting from such slipping.

Fault

To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame.
For that I will not fault thee.

Fault

To interrupt the continuity of (rock strata) by displacement along a plane of fracture; - chiefly used in the p. p.; as, the coal beds are badly faulted.

Fault

To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong.
If after Samuel's death the people had asked of God a king, they had not faulted.

Fault

Responsibility for a bad situation or event;
It was John's fault

Fault

(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other;
They built it right over a geological fault

Fault

The quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection;
They discussed the merits and demerits of her novel
He knew his own faults much better than she did

Fault

A wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention;
He made a bad mistake
She was quick to point out my errors
I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults

Fault

An imperfection in a device or machine;
If there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer

Fault

(sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area);
He served too many double faults

Fault

(electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.);
It took much longer to find the fault than to fix it

Fault

Put or pin the blame on

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