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

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 Many have endured one-party or military rule, and know that unaccountable rulers abuse. The Economist, "The battle for liberty in Africa How African democrats can fight back," 5 Mar. 2020 Without it, carbon-intensive export industries may concentrate in a few unaccountable countries, while the rest of the world claims cuts. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The EU’s Green Deal wants to use its economic might to compel global emission cuts," 19 Dec. 2019 The rules of digital democracy should not be set by unaccountable bosses in the boardrooms of a handful of American firms—let alone, in future, Chinese ones. The Economist, "Democracy and the internet How to police political advertising," 28 Nov. 2019 The Constitution does not permit the unaccountable CFPB to exert such significant and varied power over an important aspect of American life. Ilya Shapiro, National Review, "The Supreme Court Is Poised to Strike Down a Major Obama-Era Agency," 21 Oct. 2019 Startups that once seemed like innovative underdogs now loom over the economy as vast, unaccountable monopolies. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Most Dangerous People on the Internet This Decade," 31 Dec. 2019 This creates serious constitutional problems for an agency that is unaccountable to the political branches — and, thus, to the people. Ilya Shapiro, National Review, "The Supreme Court Is Poised to Strike Down a Major Obama-Era Agency," 21 Oct. 2019 There’s the strong suggestion that rural Austria was a land of unspoiled goodness before an unaccountable alien force entered in. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "The Heavy-Handed Moralism of Terrence Malick’s New Film," 13 Dec. 2019 Calamitous, lacklustre, spineless, seemingly unaccountable no matter how many errors, poorly led. SI.com, "Why Placing So Much Expectation on the Returning Defensive Trio Is Dangerous Ploy By Arsenal Fans," 18 Sep. 2019

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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 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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