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1Required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible.‘ministers are accountable to Parliament’‘parents cannot be held accountable for their children's actions’
responsible, liable, answerable, chargeableanswerable, responsible, reporting, subjectView synonyms
- ‘When nobody can be held accountable for decisions like this, democracy is dead.’
- ‘The simple reason is the people in charge of spending the money are not accountable to anyone.’
- ‘Rogue government and rebel militias who prowl rural areas are hardly accountable to higher authorities.’
- ‘The plaintiffs say they want to see the church and government held accountable for these abuses.’
- ‘All politicians are accountable to us and we must not confuse arrogant indifference with real leadership.’
- ‘Politicians are held accountable for their execution of duties in governing a country.’
- ‘The government is also accountable to Parliament, which has the right to ask questions.’
- ‘Individuals are fully accountable to the organisation for the expenditure they incur.’
- ‘The treasurers are accountable to the parties or agencies outside their office.’
- ‘He suggested that a club be formed and that its members be held accountable for the responsible use of the pier.’
- ‘Unless leaders are accountable to a constituency, there can be no true democracy.’
- ‘They should be elected democratically and be accountable to all New Zealanders.’
- ‘History will tell whether those responsible will be held accountable for their crimes.’
- ‘Should the corporate media not be held accountable for blocking the democratic process?’
- ‘Utility agencies better coordinate their work and show they are accountable to the public.’
- ‘Vote for me and let me help you to make your student government more accountable to you!’
- ‘What's the status of finding out who or what is to be held accountable for what went wrong?’
- ‘We have to make judgments on which we 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.’
- ‘The Republic is not a free paper because we want to be accountable to our readers, not to advertisers.’
2Able to be explained or understood.‘the delayed introduction of characters' names is accountable, if we consider that names have a low priority’explicable, explainableView synonyms
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