un·​ac·​count·​able | \ˌən-ə-ˈkau̇n-tə-bəl \

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 \ 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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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 Mr Peña is unpopular mainly because his government has been passive and unaccountable on the two issues that matter most to Mexicans, corruption and security. The Economist, "How Andrés Manuel López Obrador will remake Mexico," 23 June 2018 While the bureau retains all of these unbridled powers and remains unaccountable under Acting Director Mulvaney, there is one distinction: Director Cordray often acted unlawfully; Acting Director Mulvaney acts lawfully. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "Mulvaney Backs Turning CFPB Into Bipartisan Commission," 11 Apr. 2018 An office staffed with more unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats tasked to make decisions families should be free to make for themselves. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos went to New York to visit schools for the first time. Guess which ones.," 16 May 2018 But in its current form, many advocates are calling ICE essentially an unaccountable secret police force. Luke Darby, GQ, "Is There a Better Way Forward Than Abolishing ICE?," 27 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 \

Kids Definition of unaccountable

: not to be explained : strange unaccountable noises

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unaccountably \-​blē \ adverb

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