Definitions for Accountabilityəˌkaʊn təˈbɪl ɪ ti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ac•count•a•bil•i•tyəˌkaʊn təˈbɪl ɪ ti(n.)
the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.
Category: Common Vocabulary
a policy of holding public officials or other employees accountable for their actions and results:
a need for greater accountability in the school system.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of accountability:
accountability, answerability, answerableness(noun)
responsibility to someone or for some activity
The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness; responsible for; answerable for.
The obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping accurate record of property, documents, or funds. The person having this obligation may or may not have actual possession of the property, documents, or funds. Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safekeeping. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms)
the state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness
In ethics and governance, accountability is answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and the expectation of account-giving. As an aspect of governance, it has been central to discussions related to problems in the public sector, nonprofit and private worlds. In leadership roles, accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions, and policies including the administration, governance, and implementation within the scope of the role or employment position and encompassing the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for resulting consequences. In governance, accountability has expanded beyond the basic definition of "being called to account for one's actions". It is frequently described as an account-giving relationship between individuals, e.g. "A is accountable to B when A is obliged to inform B about A’s actions and decisions, to justify them, and to suffer punishment in the case of eventual misconduct". Accountability cannot exist without proper accounting practices; in other words, an absence of accounting means an absence of accountability.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
The obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping accurate record of property, documents, or funds. The person having this obligation may or may not have actual possession of the property, documents, or funds. Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safekeeping. See also responsibility.
British National Corpus
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