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accountable

[uh-koun-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. subject to the obligation to report, explain, or justify something; responsible; answerable.
  2. capable of being explained; explicable; explainable.
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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
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  • At which, accountably to Lady Whyteleafe, Mrs. Freddy blushed and stumbled in this particular 'speech.'

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British Dictionary definitions for accountably

accountable

adjective
  1. responsible to someone or for some action; answerable
  2. able to be explained
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Derived Formsaccountability, nounaccountably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for accountably

accountable

adj.

"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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