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

Origin of accountability

First recorded in 1785–95; account(able) + -ability
Related formsnon·ac·count·a·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for accountabilities

liability, answerability

Word Origin and History for accountabilities



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper