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

Definition of unaccountable

1 : not to be accounted for : inexplicable, strange
2 : not to be called to account : not responsible

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for unaccountable


inexplainable, inexplicable, unexplainable


accountable, explainable, explicable

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Examples of unaccountable in a Sentence

She has shown an unaccountable reluctance to accept their offer. the decorator's client has an unaccountable dislike for that color

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For an administration reputed to be diplomatically inept, the Trump foreign policy team scored a big victory in The Hague last Friday that will protect American soldiers from illegitimate and unaccountable foreign prosecutions. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "The Trump Effect Saves U.S. Soldiers From Runaway Prosecutors," 18 Apr. 2019 The militia commanders are widely viewed as unaccountable and corrupt, using their access to the Central Bank to buy U.S. dollars at the official rate, which is five times cheaper than the street price. Suliman Ali Zway, The Seattle Times, "In Libya, Facebook is used to buy arms, locate foes and kill them," 3 Sep. 2018 That threat can be summed up as follows: More and more unaccountable bureaucrats exercising more and more control over more and more of the affairs of more and more people. WSJ, "Green New Deal Encounters Red Sea of Debt," 13 Feb. 2019 In an era when voters turn to insurgents to wrest power from unaccountable bureaucracies, voters have no way to do the same in Brussels. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Missing Vote," 27 Dec. 2018 Earlier this year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley drew an unfavorable comparison between politicians accountable to voters and unaccountable regulators. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "A $2.6 Trillion Economy Depends on a Credible Central Bank," 1 Nov. 2018 Under Obama, the justification for holding such unaccountable power was the good character of the president and his staff. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 Saudis seem to be adapting to the likelihood that one unaccountable man will rule them for decades to come. The Economist, "The calculations of Muhammad bin Salman," 7 June 2018 But history shows that Americans will eventually ask politicians to rein in businesses that appear to be unaccountable. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Big Tech in the Dock," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unaccountable

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unaccountable was in 1643

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English Language Learners Definition of unaccountable

: not able to be explained : strange or mysterious
: not required to explain actions or decisions
: not required to be responsible for something


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

Kids Definition of unaccountable

: not to be explained : strange unaccountable noises

Other Words from unaccountable

unaccountably \ -​blē \ adverb

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