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Origin of accountable
OTHER WORDS FROM accountableac·count·a·ble·ness, nounac·count·a·bly, adverbnon·ac·count·a·ble, adjective
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What does accountable mean?
Accountable means obligated to explain, justify, and take responsibility for one’s actions, and to answer to someone, such as a person with more authority.
The word accountable is often used in the context of individuals taking responsibility for their actions. It’s also commonly used in the context of institutions or people that are responsible to the public, such as the government, its agencies, politicians, and the media. Accountability is often discussed with transparency and consequences. This typically involves keeping people and organizations accountable by making their actions visible and having consequences when those actions are not acceptable.
Accountable is often used with the verb hold, as in We need to hold him accountable for his actions.
Example: The system of checks and balances is intended to keep the different branches of government accountable.
Where does accountable come from?
The first records of accountable come from the 1300s. Its base word, account, is often used as a verb meaning “to justify” or “to explain,” as in How do you account for your actions? To be accountable, then, is to be able to account for one’s actions.
You can’t keep people accountable without an account—meaning a record of what happened, or at least the knowledge of it. If actions are hidden, there can be no accountability for them. This means that holding a person—or oneself—accountable starts with honesty. Accountability in institutions and organizations starts with transparency (such as access to documents). Holding people accountable also involves establishing consequences. Otherwise, people and institutions would be free to do whatever they wanted—leading to corruption. In this way, accountability usually involves methods intended to prevent too much power from being held in one place. For individuals, it often involves recognizing shortcomings (such as implicit bias) and working to overcome them.
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What are some other forms related to accountable?
- accountability (noun)
- accountably (adverb)
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How is accountable used in real life?
Accountable is used in the context of both organizations and individuals.
it’s not “cancel culture” if people are being held accountable for their actions.
— Logan (@loganahobson) June 23, 2020
EVERYONE should feel safe playing games and EVERYONE should feel safe MAKING games, and art, and film, and comics, and anyone who makes these industries perilous for women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, POC, ANYONE needs to be held accountable.
— RIOT HYLIΔ🏳️🌈 (@faeriefountain) June 23, 2020
Normalize holding your friends accountable for their actions and stop turning a blind eye and making excuses for their toxic behavior. 💜
— SoaR Annialis 🏳️🌈 (@AnnialisXD) June 22, 2020
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Being accountable usually requires transparency and consequences.
Example sentences from the Web for accountable
It is freedom, and accountable both legally and socially to the free choices of others around them.
I hope that America is going to hold Cuba accountable in public opinion.
If candidates failed to take action, CounterPAC was ready to hold them accountable.
When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began.
And always in the background, evanescent but, in the end, accountable, is Rupert Murdoch—courted, feared and sometimes loathed.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You are accountable to Parliament for the execution of that act according to the letter of it.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. I|Thomas Paine
Why should Marcolina, accountable to no one but herself, be concerned at his threats?Casanova's Homecoming|Arthur Schnitzler
The French held him accountable only for deeds against their sovereignty.White Shadows in the South Seas|Frederick O'Brien
You need not speak as if I were accountable for all the blackguardism.The Three Brides|Charlotte M. Yonge
They were practically alone in the house, accountable to no one, and drawn together by an overwhelming anxiety.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice