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 Station KUOW reported that Andre Taylor, head of a group pushing for police accountability, urged activists not to confuse their cause with a place. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "Seattle mayor announces city will reclaim police-free CHOP autonomous zone taken over by demonstrators," 23 June 2020 Meanwhile, the pandemic has also badly hobbled systems for accountability. Rachel Louise Snyder, The New Yorker, "Can Domestic Abusers Keep Themselves Accountable When No One Is Watching?," 23 June 2020 Some believe her case has gone under the radar in the rapidly evolving push for police accountability. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 19: DACA, coronavirus, police reform, Facebook, economy," 19 June 2020 The tests are the only statewide measure of student, teacher and school performance, and are required by federal and state law for accountability. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Texas students not required to wear masks, governor says," 18 June 2020 Crucial as it's proven for accountability, there is still risk for citizens in filming police. Jake Seiner, The Christian Science Monitor, "Black Lives Matter movement: A case for camera phones?," 17 June 2020 Demonstrators have pushed for greater law enforcement accountability, putting pressure on public officials to hold officers liable for misconduct. Derek Hawkins,, "Former Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks charged with murder, other counts," 17 June 2020 First, a national nonprofit that advocates for accountability in economic development. Dan O’brien, Detroit Free Press, "GM closed the Lordstown plant. Now Ohio may force $60M repayment," 16 June 2020 But Harvin stresses that the demand for accountability shouldn't end with public response alone. Thatiana Diaz,, "The Way We Shop For Beauty Is Changing — & It’s About Time," 15 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Accountability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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