ac·​count·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

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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This is a critical moment of accountability in the #MeToo movement. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Spotlight on '60 Minutes' honcho Jeff Fager as CBS cleans house," 10 Sep. 2018 And when an encounter is not consensual, what's the best path to accountability and healing? Isobel Yeung, Glamour, "For Some Sexual Assault Survivors, Justice Looks Like a Sit-Down With Their Assailant," 16 Oct. 2018 But the only thing worse than imperfect accountability is none at all. New York Times, "What’s the Biggest Challenge for Colleges and Universities?," 5 June 2018 Due to both state and federal regulation, the Kentucky Department of Education is phasing out the current accountability system and replacing it with a new one expected to start for the 2018-19 school year., "KPREP 2017: Kentucky Department of Education school scores," 15 May 2018 Hudson Hemp caters to high-end CBD companies, and its accountability is unusual. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "The super-popular cannabis compound, explained.," 1 Nov. 2018 That incident, which took place in his grandmother's backyard, sparked outrage and demands for more accountability of deadly force by law enforcement officers. Angela Hart, sacbee, "California police killed more than 170 civilians in 2017," 10 July 2018 Most circled around a spot where a series of speakers prayed for peace and called for accountability from local officials. Laura Mcknight,, "'This family needs, deserves and wants answers': Vigil held for Keeven Robinson," 11 May 2018 But legislation that attempt to create oversight and accountability of the day-to-day operations of fertility clinics are rare. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, "Embryo storage bill seeks oversight of fertility centers and penalties for those that violate safeguards," 5 July 2018

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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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