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Definition of accountability

: the quality or state of being accountable especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions public officials lacking accountability

Examples of accountability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The verdict sparked outrage among those who feared an acquittal would embolden vigilantism, and anger in the families of the men shot who were seeking accountability and justice. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2021 An Act relative to justice, equity and accountability in law enforcement in the Commonwealth — into law. Cody Shepard, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 They are led by a (Lions) Head Coach (Dan Campbell) who epitomizes toughness, accountability and effort. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 She was honored for pursuing reforms in education and criminal justice, as well as for legislation boosting school financial accountability and safety, and curbing predatory lending and law enforcement use of force. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 Louisville Metro Council approved it in an 18-8 vote, over the concerns of community members who called for accountability and transparency measures and hoped to see the contract proposal rejected. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, 12 Nov. 2021 These algorithms have largely been a black box to consumers and Congress alike, but now there is new momentum for accountability and transparency. John Thune, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021 Violent crime is down in Boston this year, and Janey said her office has worked to address public safety concerns while increasing accountability and transparency in how emergency responders deal with mental health crises. Jeremy C. Fox,, 10 Nov. 2021 This means asking questions that reveal a job candidate’s honesty, accountability, and other crucial qualities of ethical employees. Bruce Weinstein, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of accountability

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accountability

accountable + -ity

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30 Nov 2021

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“Accountability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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