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ac·count·a·ble

 (ə-koun′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Expected or required to account for one's actions; answerable. See Synonyms at responsible.
2. Capable of being explained: an accountable phenomenon.

ac·count′a·bil′i·ty, ac·count′a·ble·ness n.
ac·count′a·bly adv.

ac•count•a•bil•i•ty

(əˌkaʊn təˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n.
1. the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.
2. a policy of holding public officials or other employees accountable for their actions and results: a need for greater accountability in the school system.
[1785–95]

accountability

The obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping accurate record of property, documents, or funds. The person having this obligation may or may not have actual possession of the property, documents, or funds. Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safekeeping. See also responsibility.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accountability - responsibility to someone or for some activityaccountability - responsibility to someone or for some activity
responsibleness, responsibility - a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; "he holds a position of great responsibility"

accountability

noun responsibility, liability, culpability, answerability, chargeability an impetus towards democracy and greater accountability
Translations
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accountability

[əˌkaʊntəˈbɪlətɪ] Nresponsabilidad f

accountability

[əˌkaʊntəˈbɪlɪti] n (= responsibility) → responsabilité f; (financial, political)responsabilité f

accountability

nVerantwortlichkeit f(to sb jdm gegenüber)

accountability

[əˌkaʊntəˈbɪlɪtɪ] nresponsabilità
References in classic literature ?
If I felt at all confused at that early time in endeavouring to reconcile anything he said with anything I had thought about the duties and accountabilities of life (which I am far from sure of), I was confused by not exactly understanding why he was free of them.
A more formal classification of accountabilities can be found in the works of Day and Klein (1987: 25-28), and Power (1997: 49-50).
These include the distinction between the European approach to accountability as an instrumental value versus the American approach to it as a virtue, the existence of multiple accountabilities in almost every area of governance, and a general lack of attention to accountability as an ethical or empirical condition (with only three of the contributions touching explicitly on the meaning of accountability) as opposed to the more prevalent focus on accountability mechanisms.

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