[uh-koun-tuh-bil-i-tee] /əˌkaʊn təˈbɪl ɪ ti/

the state of being , liable, or answerable.
Education. a policy of holding schools and teachers for students’ academic progress by linking such progress with funding for salaries, maintenance, etc.

1770, from accountable + -ity. Earlier was accountableness (1660s).


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