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


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

Nearby words

  1. account day,
  2. account executive,
  3. account for,
  4. account payable,
  5. account receivable,
  6. accountable,
  7. accountancy,
  8. accountant,
  9. accounting,
  10. accounting machine

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. 2019

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Word Origin and History for accountability



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper