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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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


play \-ˈkau̇n-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun


play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of accountable in a sentence

  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>.

ACCOUNTABLE Defined for Kids


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

Definition of accountable for Students

  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.>

Law Dictionary


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

Legal Definition of accountable

  1. 1 :  liable <accountable for the burglary>

  2. 2 :  obliged to accept responsibility <the bank accountable for payment of the check>


\ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun

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