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əˈkaʊn tə bəlac·count·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accountableadjective

    liable to account for one's actions

    "governments must be accountable to someone beside themselves"; "fully accountable for what they did"; "the court held the parents answerable for their minor child's acts of vandalism"; "he was answerable to no one"


  1. accountableadjective

    Having accountability (individuals have accountability); answerable.

  2. accountableadjective

    Requiring accountability (property or funds require accountability).

  3. accountableadjective

    Liable to be called on to render an account;

  4. accountableadjective

    Being answerable for.

  5. accountableadjective

    Being liable for.

  6. accountableadjective

    Capable of being accounted for; explicable; explainable.

  7. Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Accountableadjective

    Of whom an account may be required; who must answer for: followed by the particle to before the person, and for before the thing.

    Etymology: from account.

    Accountable to none,
    But to my conscience and my God alone. John Oldham.

    Thinking themselves excused from standing upon their own legs, or being accountable for their own conduct, they very seldom trouble themselves with enquiries. John Locke, on Education.

    The good magistrate will make no distinction; for the judgment is God’s; and he will look upon himself as accountable at his bar for the equity of it. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. accountable

    Accountability, in terms of ethics and governance, is equated with answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and the expectation of account-giving. As in an aspect of governance, it has been central to discussions related to problems in the public sector, nonprofit and private (corporate) and individual contexts. 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 (past or future) actions and decisions, to justify them, and to suffer punishment in the case of eventual misconduct" and more. Accountability cannot exist without proper accounting practices; in other words, an absence of accounting means an absence of accountability. Another key area that contributes to accountability is good records management.


  1. accountable

    Accountable refers to being responsible or answerable for something. It entails an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to take account of one's actions. Accountable individuals or entities are often expected to explain their actions or decisions to others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accountableadjective

    liable to be called on to render an account; answerable; as, every man is accountable to God for his conduct

  2. Accountableadjective

    capable of being accounted for; explicable

Editors Contribution

  1. accountable

    For every form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government to change on a fasttrack what is necessary to ensure their actions and legislation created are accurate, just, fair, rational, logical, empathetic, loving and kind to ensure optimum health, human rights, equality, justness, fairness, stability and redistribution of wealth.

    The unity governments are accountable to all citizens within society.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 29, 2020  

  2. accountable

    Legislation applied equally to every person of official adult age in every form of employment and sector of society and a country including members of all forms of unity government and diplomats.

    We are all accountable for our actions in society.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 25, 2020  

  3. accountable

    To explain the reason for a specific goal, intention, task or plan.

    The government are accountable to the electorate.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accountable in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accountable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of accountable in a Sentence

  1. Gus Papathanasiou:

    The officers are angry, and I don't blame them, the entire executive team failed Capitol Police officers, and they must be held accountable. Their inaction cost one officer his life and Capitol Police officers have almost 140 responding officers injured. They have a lot to atone for.

  2. Judge Maureen Skerda:

    I know you maintain your innocence, but you have been found guilty by a jury of your peers, and the court must hold you accountable.

  3. Orlando Police Department:

    In the years since Debra Clayton death, Lieutenant Clayton's loved ones and the entire OPD family waited for the day when the defendant would be held accountable for his heinous crimes. Lieutenant Clayton will now face the highest penalty provided by the law.

  4. Harry Reid:

    If Republicans are afraid to bring their standard-bearer's policies up for votes, Democrats will hold Republicans accountable by seeking floor votes on Trump's policies ourselves.

  5. Wright County:

    That was the only acceptable sentence, in the state's view, for the horrific crime that Gregory Ulrich committed, the verdict that this fine jury handed down holds Gregory Ulrich accountable for the horrific crime that Gregory Ulrich committed.

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