ac·​count·​able | \ ə-ˈkau̇n-tə-bəl How to pronounce accountable (audio) \

Definition of accountable

1 : subject to giving an account : answerable held her accountable for the damage
2 : capable of being explained : explainable … leaving aside variations accountable as printer's errors …— Peter Shaw

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Other Words from accountable

accountableness \ ə-​ˈkau̇n-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce accountableness (audio) \ noun
accountably \ ə-​ˈkau̇n-​tə-​blē How to pronounce accountably (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for accountable

responsible, answerable, accountable, amenable, liable mean subject to being held to account. responsible implies holding a specific office, duty, or trust. the bureau responsible for revenue collection answerable suggests a relation between one having a moral or legal obligation and a court or other authority charged with oversight of its observance. an intelligence agency answerable to Congress accountable suggests imminence of retribution for unfulfilled trust or violated obligation. elected officials are accountable to the voters amenable and liable stress the fact of subjection to review, censure, or control by a designated authority under certain conditions. laws are amenable to judicial review not liable for the debts of the former spouse

Examples of accountable in a Sentence

If anything goes wrong I will hold you personally accountable! the owner was held accountable for his dog's biting of the child
Recent Examples on the Web Congressional committees and public interest groups have sought explanations and documents, but the ad hoc team is technically accountable only to Kushner and Trump. David Kocieniewski,, "Kushner Task Force Shares Private-Sector Zeal, Oscar Health Ties," 24 May 2020 While the responsibility for providing a safe work environment falls to employers, holding them accountable is the job of TOSHA, Tennessee’s equivalent of the federal OSHA. Coronavirus, ProPublica, "Nike Turned Away a Public Health Official From Its Warehouse Days After a Worker With COVID-19 Died," 23 May 2020 Most regional bigwigs are not accountable to voters but are entirely dependent on the Kremlin for status and money. The Economist, "Anatomy of lies Russia’s covid-19 outbreak is far worse than the Kremlin admits," 21 May 2020 Reporters seek the data to hold accountable government officials and the industry serving a population that's most affected by the new coronavirus. Caitlin Mcglade, azcentral, "Arizona: Revealing nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks would hurt businesses," 15 May 2020 Your belief in the First Amendment and holding powerful officials — even a sitting governor — accountable for their actions has enabled me to bring talented and experienced editors and digital producers to our city. Richard A. Green, The Courier-Journal, "Courier Journal's Pulitzer-winning work wouldn't have happened without your subscription," 5 May 2020 The national treasury already uses ring-fencing mechanisms to make revenue and spending for specific projects accountable. Aroop Chatterjee, Quartz Africa, "South Africa needs a wealth tax to help stop coronavirus worsening inequality," 30 Apr. 2020 Feeling accountable to our running buddies or fellow yogis keeps us motivated and committed to our routines in ways that solo sessions often don’t. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "The psychological and social benefits of online workouts," 28 Apr. 2020 The answer is for our leaders to engage in good faith, accountable negotiations regarding the mechanisms for winding down the governor's safer at home order. Dan Adams And Brian Fraley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin's Republican leaders should confront coronavirus together," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of accountable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accountable

Middle English accountable, accomptable, borrowed from Anglo-French acomptable, from acunter "to account entry 2" + -able -able

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The first known use of accountable was in the 15th century

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28 May 2020

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“Accountable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of accountable

: required to explain actions or decisions to someone
: required to be responsible for something


ac·​count·​able | \ ə-ˈkȧun-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of accountable

1 : required to explain actions or decisions The mayor is accountable to the city's residents.
2 : responsible sense 1 You're accountable for your mistakes.


ac·​count·​able | \ ə-ˈkau̇n-tə-bəl How to pronounce accountable (audio) \

Legal Definition of accountable

1 : liable accountable for the burglary
2 : obliged to accept responsibility the bank accountable for payment of the check

Other Words from accountable

accountability \ ə-​ˌkau̇n-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce accountability (audio) \ noun

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