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  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.
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Origin of accountability

First recorded in 1785–95; account(able) + -ability
Related formsnon·ac·count·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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Related Words for accountability

liability, answerability

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Word Origin and History for accountability


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

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