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 In Erie, two hours north of Pittsburgh, community organizers convened a meeting in early July to shift their focus from their usual concerns (jobs, police accountability, and housing) to the right to choose. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Leto Sapunar is a Report for America corps member covering business accountability and sustainability for The Salt Lake Tribune. Leto Sapunar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 And just this past May, Biden stopped waiting for congressional action and signed an executive order to improve police accountability and criminal justice practices. Van Jones, CNN, 20 July 2022 The prosecutor has promised to bring accountability and balance to the office, but critics say the mayor’s pick is a return to tough-on-crime policies. Fifth & Mission Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 July 2022 After George Floyd was killed in May 2020 at the hands of Minneapolis police, protesters called for police departments across the nation to demonstrate greater accountability and transparency. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 July 2022 The successes contributing to Fusion Power are good people, highly qualified for each of their seats, with each given accountability and capacity to do it. Rod Berger, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Removing anonymity has the potential to foster accountability and trust. Michael Luca, WSJ, 17 June 2022 President Biden demanded accountability and the Department of Homeland Security launched an investigation into the treatment of migrants in Del Rio. Peter Weber, The Week, 15 June 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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2 Aug 2022

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“Accountability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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