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accountable

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

Simple Definition of accountable

  • : required to explain actions or decisions to someone

  • : required to be responsible for something

Full Definition of accountable

  1. 1 :  subject to giving an account :  answerable <held her accountable for the damage>

  2. 2 :  capable of being accounted for :  explainable

ac·count·able·nessplay \-ˈkau̇n-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
ac·count·ablyplay \-blē\ adverb

Examples of accountable

  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>



14th Century

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>.

Rhymes with accountable


ACCOUNTABLE Defined for Kids

accountable

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

Definition of accountable

  1. 1 :  required to explain actions or decisions <The mayor is accountable to the city's residents.>

  2. 2 :  responsible 1 <You're accountable for your mistakes.>





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