unaccountable

adjective
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 Even if Musk ultimately decides against undoing Twitter's policies, his sole ownership of the company highlights his unaccountable power, said Nicole Gill, co-founder and executive director of Accountable Tech. Brian Fung, CNN, 3 May 2022 Entrepreneurs and bankers alike say the brutal lockdown has demonstrated money means nothing in a world where anyone can instantly become collateral damage in plans instigated by a distant and unaccountable leadership. Steven Jiang, CNN, 19 Apr. 2022 Instead of allowing true free speech, unaccountable Silicon Valley elites like Mark Zuckerberg decide what can and can’t be said. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 The bulk of the bill is, however, a partisan spending package, with billions going to scientific research that has little to do with national security and to projects such as the U.N.’s unaccountable Green Climate Fund. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Despite all these existing hurdles, conservative Republicans have for years argued that the regulatory process remains unaccountable and illegitimate. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Mar. 2022 Some stories are about the sudden forging of close friendships, which the characters find just as unaccountable as war, but now unaccountably joyous. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 Yes, the virus seems unaccountable to our best efforts and fueled by our worst instincts. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 And, in the context of a new distribution channel that is 24 hours, amplified by completely unaccountable information sources in the Internet. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Unaccountable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccountable. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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unaccountable

adjective
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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