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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Reform California, mostly known for seeking greater government accountability and opposing taxes, released the report as legislation is advancing to mostly ban second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, rat poisons used by licensed exterminators. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: The legislative fight behind rat infestation concerns in California," 19 July 2019 In addition to medals, these girls develop lifelong values such as discipline, accountability and teamwork. Emmett Hall,, "Hollywood Girls Rowing Club making successful strides," 18 July 2019 Since the group’s demand for accountability and transparency came during public comment, there was no action the council could take. John King,, "Family of 23-year-old Walnut Creek man fatally shot by police demand reform," 17 July 2019 This offseason, Bobo and the Rams have talked quite a bit about accountability and being tougher. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs football opponent preview: CSU Rams aim to get back on track," 4 July 2019 The combination of a chaotic June subway derailment and the RMV’s disastrous backroom lapses, each playing out below her, has thrust the former transit advocate into a intense debate over accountability and failure inside the Baker administration. Joshua Miller,, "She’s the master of explaining transportation disaster. And so far, Stephanie Pollack is not going anywhere," 3 July 2019 But Buttigieg said at the town hall he's heard concerns over accountability and is open to improving the process for investigating officer misconduct. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Angry South Bend residents blasted Pete Buttigieg at a town hall. Here is why," 24 June 2019 The rise of executive lawmaking has reduced accountability and increased polarization by absolving members of Congress of the need to compromise on important questions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Who Makes the Law?," 21 June 2019 Last year, a bundle of legislation aimed at accountability and transparency in shelter transfers was introduced in the City Council and could go to a vote as early as this summer. New York Times, "Shuffled Among Homeless Shelters, and Not Told Why," 13 June 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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