adjective ac·count·able \ə-ˈkan-tə-bəl\

: required to explain actions or decisions to someone

: required to be responsible for something

Full Definition of ACCOUNTABLE

:  subject to giving an account :  answerable <held her accountable for the damage>
:  capable of being accounted for :  explainable
ac·count·able·ness \-ˈkan-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
ac·count·ably \-blē\ adverb


  1. If anything goes wrong I will hold you personally accountable!
  2. <the owner was held accountable for his dog's biting of the child>

First Known Use of ACCOUNTABLE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of ACCOUNTABLE

responsible, answerable, accountable, amenable, liable mean subject to being held to account. responsible implies holding a specific office, duty, or trust <the bureau responsible for revenue collection>. answerable suggests a relation between one having a moral or legal obligation and a court or other authority charged with oversight of its observance <an intelligence agency answerable to Congress>. accountable suggests imminence of retribution for unfulfilled trust or violated obligation <elected officials are accountable to the voters>. amenable and liable stress the fact of subjection to review, censure, or control by a designated authority under certain conditions <laws are amenable to judicial review> <not liable for the debts of the former spouse>.


ACCOUNTABLE Defined for Kids


adjective ac·count·able \ə-ˈkȧun-tə-bəl\

Definition of ACCOUNTABLE for Kids

:  required to explain actions or decisions <The mayor is accountable to the city's residents.>
:  responsible 1 <You're accountable for your mistakes.>


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