accountability

noun
ac·​count·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce accountability (audio) \

Definition of accountability

: the quality or state of being accountable especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions public officials lacking accountability

Examples of accountability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carroll County commissioners voted 3-1 Thursday to adopt a resolution creating a police accountability board. Madison Bateman, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 Koenig said there has been a growing interest from companies like Maxar and Planet in contributing their satellite imagery for justice and accountability purposes in recent years. NBC News, 3 May 2022 Milner is a tier four school — the highest tier — as identified by the state Department of Education’s accountability index, which indicates the highest need and most services. Seamus Mcavoy, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 Office employees are held to a high standard of conduct and the department has multiple accountability systems to address employee misconduct. oregonlive, 2 May 2022 Develop a plan to transform poor behavior with accountability structures. Simone E. Morris, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The department lacks adequate accountability measures from top to bottom, the investigators found. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The actions come as Biden faces pressure from criminal justice advocates to take action on police accountability via executive power after legislative efforts have failed. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 The actions come as Biden faces pressure from criminal justice advocates to take action on police accountability via executive power after legislative efforts have failed. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of accountability

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accountability

accountable + -ity

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The first known use of accountability was in 1750

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Last Updated

10 May 2022

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“Accountability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accountability. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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