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

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After the news of Dragonfly leaked in August, more than 1,400 Google employees signed a letter demanding more transparency and accountability about the project’s potential impact on human rights. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Why thousands of Google employees are protesting across the world," 1 Nov. 2018 In the meantime, media and technology companies should begin implementing clear terms-of-use policies, expand enforcement mechanisms, and put in place measures to ensure transparency and accountability. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter’s case for keeping Alex Jones is falling apart," 10 Aug. 2018 Julian Assange has done much harm to American interests over the last decade, and on Thursday the WikiLeaks founder moved a large step closer to accountability in a U.S. court. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Accountability for Assange," 11 Apr. 2019 But, Crews’s comments and his reaction to accountability aren’t just about a celebrity saying the wrong thing on Twitter. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Terry Crews's Family Comment Perpetuates Toxic Masculinity," 9 Mar. 2019 These settlements, entered into on the eve of trial after years of litigation, reflect our commitment to this accountability. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "ITT’s top executives settle fraud charges with SEC," 9 July 2018 Phoenix police in April 2015 instituted a mandatory 40-hour training aimed at enhancing officer decision-making while boosting trust, accountability and mutual respect across the city. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Phoenix police to undergo up to $450K implicit bias and cultural competency training," 5 July 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 2:38 Enough is enough: Clay County citizens want state audit of county government Advertisement A group of Clay County citizens hopes that a state audit of their government will lead to better accountability. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "'Time for us to take it back': Clay Co. citizens give petitions to Missouri auditor," 29 June 2018 Just because there's no organizational structure or accountability in the political system? Katie Halper, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Flores: Biden's Unwanted Touching Should be Part of #MeToo Conversations," 6 Apr. 2019

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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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14 May 2019

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