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 unaccountable (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The unaccountable market, with EU technocrats as minders, trumped the democratic state. Robert Kuttner, The New York Review of Books, "Dividends of a Just Economy," 13 Apr. 2021 Kerr is a proponent of the program, while Underly supports freezing enrollment, calling the program unaccountable and too expensive. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Wisconsin superintendent candidates spar over campaign ad," 17 Mar. 2021 And now, as noted above, the Fed has joined this happy, largely unaccountable band, something that Cochrane has . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Fed’s Shabby Green Logic," 27 Mar. 2021 Automatically registers every welfare recipient to vote and puts unaccountable unelected bureaucrats in charge of drawing congressional districts. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Through messenger, Trump warns Democrats 'trying to rig' elections with reform bill," 11 Mar. 2021 These officers then ‘command a premium’ – that is, overpay themselves – in the ‘markets’ through mechanisms of unaccountable corporate governance, artificially contrived scarcity, and stock price manipulation. Robert Hockett, Forbes, "Bernie’s Back Better On CEO Pay," 17 Mar. 2021 The most active and aggressive of those who threatened his sponsors craved personal anonymity to remain unaccountable for their words. Brian Glicklich, WSJ, "Rush Limbaugh: The Original Cancel Culture Target," 24 Feb. 2021 But both agencies are nearly unaccountable and toothless compared to regulators in other regions, where many utilities have stronger consumer protections and submit an annual planning report to ensure adequate electricity supply. New York Times, "How Texas’ Drive for Energy Independence Set It Up for Disaster," 21 Feb. 2021 Yet the membership list can read like a parody of the conspiracist black-helicopter crowd’s anxieties about unaccountable global governance. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Impeachment Trial Offers a Chance to Seize the Initiative on the Future of Free Speech," 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unaccountable

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unaccountable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccountable. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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