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

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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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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 At play is a powerful dynamic that has spawned an increasingly powerful and unaccountable bureaucracy. J.t. Young, WSJ, "How to Dig Into the ‘Deep State’," 26 Mar. 2018 That few can imagine a Facebook without Mr. Zuckerberg, 34, underscores how unaccountable our largest tech companies have become. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Google walkout offers a playbook for successful corporate protests," 2 Nov. 2018 Competitive advising forces policy and political disputes to the president, rather than allowing them to be settled by a politically unaccountable chief of staff or by lower-level aides. Matthew Dickinson, Washington Post, "Why John Kelly struggles so much as Trump’s chief of staff," 6 Mar. 2018 That is a sign that checks and balances have been chiseled away, leaving state authorities unaccountable, said Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner. Fox News, "UN: Basic human rights being 'chiseled away' in Venezuela," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of unaccountable

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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