[uh-koun-tuh-buh l]


subject to the obligation to report, explain, or justify something; responsible; answerable.
capable of being explained; explicable; explainable.

Origin of accountable

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at account, -able
Related formsac·count·a·ble·ness, nounac·count·a·bly, adverbnon·ac·count·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for accountable

answerable, culpable, obliged, liable, obligated

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responsible to someone or for some action; answerable
able to be explained
Derived Formsaccountability, nounaccountably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for accountable

"answerable," literally "liable to be called to account," c.1400 (mid-14c. in Anglo-French); see account (v.) + -able. Related: Accountably.

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