[uh-koun-tuh-buh l]


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

Nearby words

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for accountable



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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