accountable


accountable
ac|count|a|ble [əˈkauntəbəl] adj [not before noun]
responsible for the effects of your actions and willing to explain or be criticized for them
accountable to
The government should be accountable to all the people of the country.
accountable for
Managers must be accountable for their decisions.
The hospital should be held accountable for the quality of care it gives.
>accountability [əˌkauntəˈbılıti] n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • accountable — UK US /əˈkaʊntəbl/ adjective ► responsible for what you do and able to give a satisfactory reason for it: hold sb accountable »Our board will hold me accountable if anything goes wrong. accountable for (doing) sth »Mortgage brokers should be… …   Financial and business terms

  • accountable — ac·count·able /ə kau̇n tə bəl/ adj 1: liable accountable for the burglary 2: obliged to accept responsibility the bank accountable for payment of the check ac·count·abil·i·ty /ə ˌkau̇n tə …   Law dictionary

  • accountable — is mostly used in the construction to be accountable to someone for something: e.g. • Labour MPs…would at least have the authority to keep a Labour government accountable to them for what they say and do Tony Benn, 1979. Its old use as an… …   Modern English usage

  • Accountable — Ac*count a*ble, a. 1. Liable to be called on to render an account; answerable; as, every man is accountable to God for his conduct. [1913 Webster] 2. Capable of being accounted for; explicable. [R.] [1913 Webster] True religion . . . intelligible …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accountable — (adj.) answerable, lit. liable to be called to account, c.1400 (mid 14c. in Anglo French); see ACCOUNT (Cf. account) (v.) + ABLE (Cf. able). Related: Accountably …   Etymology dictionary

  • accountable — *responsible, answerable, amenable, liable Antonyms: unaccountable Contrasted words: *absolute, autocratic, despotic, tyrannical, arbitrary: irresponsible, inamenable, unanswerable (see affirmative adjectives at RESPONSIBLE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • accountable — [adj] responsible for having done answerable, charged with, culpable, liable, obligated, obliged, on the hook*; concept 527 Ant. blameless, innocent, irresponsible, unaccountable, unreliable, untrustworthy …   New thesaurus

  • accountable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) required or expected to justify actions or decisions. 2) understandable. DERIVATIVES accountability noun accountably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • accountable — [ə kount′ə bəl] adj. 1. obliged to account for one s acts; responsible 2. capable of being accounted for; explainable SYN. RESPONSIBLE accountability n. accountableness accountably adv …   English World dictionary

  • accountable — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ make sb ▪ hold sb ▪ The directors are held accountable by the shareholders. ADVERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • accountable — adj. 1) strictly accountable 2) accountable for; to (we are accountable to our parents for our actions) 3) to hold smb. accountable for smt. * * * [ə kaʊntəb(ə)l] accountable to (we are accountable to our parents for our actions) strictly… …   Combinatory dictionary


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