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[uhn-uh-koun-tuh-buh l] /ˌʌn əˈkaʊn tə bəl/
impossible to account for; unexplained; inexplicable:
The boat has an unaccountable tendency to yaw.
exempt from being called to account; not answerable:
As a subordinate, he is unaccountable for errors in policy.
Origin of unaccountable
First recorded in 1635-45; un-1 + accountable
Related forms
unaccountableness, unaccountability, noun
unaccountably, adverb
1. incomprehensible, inscrutable, mysterious, unintelligible. 2. unanswerable, irresponsible. Unabridged
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  • The unaccountable change in Eudora's character perplexed and troubled her.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It made a body feel creepy, it was so curious and unaccountable.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • This was Evadna in a new and unaccountable mood, it seemed to him.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • That is all I can tell you of that unaccountable being, myself.

  • He accepted it as he accepted all the unaccountable doings and manifestations of the gods.

    White Fang Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for unaccountable


allowing of no explanation; inexplicable
puzzling; extraordinary: an unaccountable fear of hamburgers
not accountable or answerable to
Derived Forms
unaccountableness, unaccountability, noun
unaccountably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unaccountable

1640s, "inexplicable," from un- (1) "not" + accountable. Meaning "not liable to be called to account" is recorded from 1640s. Related: Unaccountably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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