unaccountable


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un·ac·count·a·ble

 (ŭn′ə-koun′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Impossible to account for; inexplicable: unaccountable absences.
2. Free from accountability; not responsible: an executive unaccountable to anyone but the president.

un′ac·count′a·bil′i·ty n.
un′ac·count′a·bly adv.

unaccountable

(ˌʌnəˈkaʊntəbəl)
adj
1. allowing of no explanation; inexplicable
2. puzzling; extraordinary: an unaccountable fear of hamburgers.
3. not accountable or answerable to
ˌunacˈcountableness, ˌunacˌcountaˈbility n
ˌunacˈcountably adv

un•ac•count•a•ble

(ˌʌn əˈkaʊn tə bəl)

adj.
1. impossible to account for; inexplicable.
2. exempt from being called to account.
[1635–45]
un`ac•count`a•bil′i•ty, n.
un`ac•count′a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unaccountable - not to be accounted for or explainedunaccountable - not to be accounted for or explained; "perceptible only as unaccountable influences that hinder progress"; "an unexplainable fear"
incomprehensible, inexplicable - incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"
2.unaccountable - free from control or responsibilityunaccountable - free from control or responsibility
irresponsible - showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action"

unaccountable

adjective
2. not answerable, exempt, not responsible, free, unliable Economic policy should not be run by an unaccountable committee.

unaccountable

adjective
That cannot be explained:
Translations
لا يُمْكِن تَعْليلُه أو تَفْسيرُه
nevysvětlitelný
uforklarlig
óútskÿranlegur
dėl nesuprantamų priežasčių
neizskaidrojams
açıklanamazanlaşılmaz

unaccountable

[ˈʌnəˈkaʊntəbl] ADJ
1. (= inexplicable) [fear, pain] → inexplicable
for some unaccountable reasonpor alguna razón inexplicable or incomprensible
2. (= not answerable) [institution, person] → no responsable (to ante)

unaccountable

[ˌʌnəˈkaʊntəbəl] adj
(= inexplicable) → inexplicable
for some unaccountable reason → pour une raison inexplicable
(= not accountable) [person, organization] → qui n'a pas à répondre de ses actes

unaccountable

adj
(= inexplicable)unerklärlich; phenomenon alsounerklärbar
(= not answerable) personniemandem unterstellt; to be unaccountable to somebodysich jdm gegenüber nicht verantworten müssen

unaccountable

[ˌʌnəˈkaʊntəbl] adj (inexplicable) → inspiegabile; (not answerable) → non responsabile

unaccountable

(anəˈkauntəbl) adjective
that cannot be explained. his unaccountable absence.
ˌunacˈcountably adverb
in a way that cannot be explained. He was unaccountably late/ill.
References in classic literature ?
You ask me if in my experience as one of a pair of twins I ever observed anything unaccountable by the natural laws with which we have acquaintance.
To me, Sage-Brush, man is most strange and unaccountable.
Through the window I saw one of those unaccountable men in white, lugging a packing-case along the beach.
he remarked coolly, "that it does seem rather a problem; we all do unaccountable things at times, though.
Not the wondrous cistern in the whale's huge head; not the prodigy of his unhinged lower jaw; not the miracle of his symmetrical tail; none of these would so surprise you, as half a glimpse of that unaccountable cone, -- longer than a Kentuckian is tall, nigh a foot in diameter at the base, and jet-black as Yojo, the ebony idol of Queequeg.
It seemed that he had caught it himself, years ago, when he was quite a lad; not by any art or skill, but by that unaccountable luck that appears to always wait upon a boy when he plays the wag from school, and goes out fishing on a sunny afternoon, with a bit of string tied on to the end of a tree.
retorted Nicholl, who, under the influence of this unaccountable intoxication, was very contradictory.
Indeed, I have observed, though it may seem unaccountable to the reader, that this guard of prudence, like the trained bands, is always readiest to go on duty where there is the least danger.
And thus, as everything comes to an end, the unaccountable expedition comes to an end--for the time.
In some unaccountable way they had escaped from Robert.
Moreover, much about the same time as Firenzuola was writing, Botticelli's blonde, angular, retrousse women were breaking every one of that beauty- master's canons, perfect in beauty none the less; and lovers then, and perhaps particularly now, have found the perfect beauty in faces to which Messer Firenzuola would have denied the name of face at all, by virtue of a quality which indeed he has tabulated, but which is far too elusive and undefinable, too spiritual for him truly to have understood,--a quality which nowadays we are tardily recognising as the first and last of all beauty, either of nature or art,--the supreme, truly divine, because materialistically unaccountable, quality of Charm!
He saw that men must find the unaccountable corpse; must extract the unaccountable sword-point; must notice the unaccountable broken sword--or absence of sword.