Definition of Accountability

1. Noun. Responsibility to someone or for some activity.

Exact synonyms: Answerability, Answerableness
Generic synonyms: Responsibility, Responsibleness
Derivative terms: Accountable, Answerable, Answerable

Definition of Accountability

1. n. The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness.

Definition of Accountability

1. Noun. The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness; responsible for; answerable for. ¹

2. Noun. (context: military) The obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping accurate record of property, documents, or funds. The person having this obligation may or may not have actual possession of the property, documents, or funds. Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safekeeping. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms) ¹

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Definition of Accountability

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Accountability

account book
account books
account code
account executive
account executives
account for
account manager
account managers
account of
account payable
account receivable
account representative
account statement
account to
accountability (current term)
accountability partner
accountable cryptomaterial
accountable depot
accountable disbursing officer
accountable disbursing officers
accountable mail
accountable mails
accountable officer
accountable property officer's bond

Literary usage of Accountability

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Provincial Governor in the English Colonies of North America by Evarts Boutell Greene (1898)
"VTHE governor's accountability, like his whole official character, was two-fold : he was held by legal and administrative checks to his accountability to ..."

2. Testing in American Schools: Asking the Right Questions (1992)
"Chapter 1 accountability Because of its scope and influence, Chapter 1 represents a powerful lever by which the Federal Government affects testing practices ..."

3. Divide and Rule: State-sponsored Ethnic Violence in Kenya by Binaifer Nowrojee, Human Rights Watch (Organization), Bronwen Manby, Africa Watch Committee (1993)
"It is a responsibility of governments to seek accountability regardless of whether the perpetrators of such abuses are officials of the government itself ..."

4. Inclusive Education at Work: Students with Disabilities in Mainstream Schools by Oecd (1999)
"accountability and evaluation accountability, a policy issue of increasing ... accountability may be furthered by national systems of school inspection, ..."

5. Managing Decentralisation: A New Role for Labour Market Policy by Oecd (2003)
"A second accountability criterion is correctness and economy in the use of public monies. Public bureaucracies are expected to minimise costs and account ..."

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