Definition of accountable in English:



  • 1Required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible.

    ‘ministers are accountable to Parliament’
    ‘parents cannot be held accountable for their children's actions’
    • ‘Should the corporate media not be held accountable for blocking the democratic process?’
    • ‘We have to make judgments on which we are accountable to the public.’
    • ‘Politicians are held accountable for their execution of duties in governing a country.’
    • ‘When nobody can be held accountable for decisions like this, democracy is dead.’
    • ‘He suggested that a club be formed and that its members be held accountable for the responsible use of the pier.’
    • ‘The simple reason is the people in charge of spending the money are not accountable to anyone.’
    • ‘The Republic is not a free paper because we want to be accountable to our readers, not to advertisers.’
    • ‘Vote for me and let me help you to make your student government more accountable to you!’
    • ‘They should be elected democratically and be accountable to all New Zealanders.’
    • ‘The government is also accountable to Parliament, which has the right to ask questions.’
    • ‘Utility agencies better coordinate their work and show they are accountable to the public.’
    • ‘The fact that he is ultimately accountable to the clubs means that he needs a consensus from the clubs before he can act.’
    • ‘All politicians are accountable to us and we must not confuse arrogant indifference with real leadership.’
    • ‘What's the status of finding out who or what is to be held accountable for what went wrong?’
    • ‘The plaintiffs say they want to see the church and government held accountable for these abuses.’
    • ‘Unless leaders are accountable to a constituency, there can be no true democracy.’
    • ‘History will tell whether those responsible will be held accountable for their crimes.’
    • ‘Rogue government and rebel militias who prowl rural areas are hardly accountable to higher authorities.’
    • ‘Individuals are fully accountable to the organisation for the expenditure they incur.’
    • ‘The treasurers are accountable to the parties or agencies outside their office.’
    responsible, liable, answerable, chargeable
    answerable, responsible, reporting, subject
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  • 2Able to be explained or understood.

    ‘the delayed introduction of characters' names is accountable, if we consider that names have a low priority’
    explicable, explainable
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