Etymol & interdependence LO6014

Michael McMaster (
Wed, 6 Mar 1996 19:48:08 +0000

Replying to LO5978 --

For those of you who are waiting with baited breath for the
etymological word from Scotland (Chambers 1912), here it is:

Responsibility - liable to be called to account or render
satisfaction, answerable, capable of discharging duty

This implies not only an "ability to respond" but also an ability to

Promise - engagements to do or not ... which affords expectation
(from "a sending forward")

The implications beyond promising are that one is capable of
understanding the social framework and the implied promises therein.
There is no suggestion of one being responsible due to coercion.

The Scottish etymology also includes in responsibility "a state of
being". This, I maintain, cannot refer to compulsion or environments
which depend on force.

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