Accountable



subject to the obligation to report, explain, or justify something; responsible; answerable.
capable of being explained; explicable; explainable.
Contemporary Examples

He believes that compensation is one of the best ways to force companies to be accountable.
How Much Are the ‘Costa Concordia’ Passengers Entitled to Win—and Who Is Accountable for the Shipwreck? Barbie Latza Nadeau February 7, 2012

In what sense can the government “hold her accountable” in any way that is not dwarfed by her own conscience, and memory?
Some Things Are Beyond Punishment Megan McArdle June 24, 2013

Students who don’t break laws or their schools’ rules are accountable to their parents, not an audience or the state.
Let the Kids Talk Noah Kristula-Green May 28, 2012

Enraged, Claudia gives birth to Friedrich’s stillborn baby and, in true deranged evil stepmother form, holds Lilli accountable.
12 Sexed-Up Fairy Tales Alex Berg March 7, 2011

But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.
Full Text and Video of President Obama’s Statement on Boston Marathon Bombing Justin Green April 14, 2013

Historical Examples

Guiltless in regard to one who is no more; accountable to oneself and one’s fellow beings.
Creditors; Pariah August Strindberg

She is like a little child, not accountable for her actions.
The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood

All this evil exists in nations believing themselves to be accountable beings after death.
The System of Nature, Volume 2 Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D’Holbach)

But I’m not accountable—not always, I tell you straight—not since I’ve been through that.
Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays) John Galsworthy

And for their conduct they were accountable, by the express terms of the bill, not to the king, but to the parliament.
The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. David Hume

adjective
responsible to someone or for some action; answerable
able to be explained
adj.

“answerable,” literally “liable to be called to account,” c.1400 (mid-14c. in Anglo-French); see account (v.) + -able. Related: Accountably.

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