What does accountability mean?

Definitions for accountability
əˌkaʊn təˈbɪl ɪ tiac·count·abil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accountability, answerability, answerableness(noun)

    responsibility to someone or for some activity

Wiktionary

  1. accountability(Noun)

    The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness; responsible for; answerable for.

  2. accountability(Noun)

    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)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accountability(noun)

    the state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness

Freebase

  1. Accountability

    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

  1. accountability

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. accountability

    To be responsible and be accountable for an action, choice or decision.

    Accountability in government, work or within a family is important when we are all role models for each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accountability' in Nouns Frequency: #2673

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How to say accountability in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accountability in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accountability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of accountability in a Sentence

  1. Ross Perot, The Dallas Morning News, March 11, 1984:

    There is no accountability in the public school system - except for coaches. You know what happens to a losing coach. You fire him. A losing teacher can go on losing for 30 years and then go to glory.

  2. Jan Egeland:

    If there is no accountability, the system doesn't work. I'm refusing to give up.

  3. Director Fahrettin Altun:

    The international media must pursue the case of Khashoggi until there is true accountability... Those responsible must face justice sooner or later.

  4. Reg Keys:

    But I certainly hope it points the finger of accountability in the direction of the former prime minister who was the key player with all of this deceit.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    The importance of making sure that the sense of accountability when, in fact, law enforcement is involved in a deadly shooting is something that I think communities across the board are going to need to consider, we have a great opportunity, coming out of some great conflict and tragedy, to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations so that everybody feels safer and our law enforcement officers feel, rather than being embattled, feel fully supported.

Images & Illustrations of accountability

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