Definition of Answerability

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

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

Definition of Answerability

1. Noun. The state of being answerable. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Answerability

ansiform lobule
answer back
answer for
answer on a postcard
answer print
answer the helm
answer to
answerability (current term)
answered back
answered for
answering back
answering for

Literary usage of Answerability

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

1. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1911)
"History also indicates that this personal answerability of the advisers and agents had a tremendous influence on the conduct of government and its relations ..."

2. The Democratic Mistake: Godkin Lectures of 1909 Delivered at Harvard University by Arthur G. (Arthur George) Sedgwick (1912)
"Whatever it is, it results in responsibility; that is, answerability, and not answerability to God or the moral law (though these may coexist with it), ..."

3. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"Whatever may be the answerability of the principal for the wrongful act of his agent in civil actions, he is not answerable criminally when the act is in ..."

4. The Law in Business Problems: Cases and Other Materials for the Study of by Lincoln Frederick Schaub, Nathan Isaacs (1921)
"Under the Anglo-American "rule of law," officers are not immune from answerability to the courts.1 Accordingly they may be kept strictly within their ..."

5. The Mediaeval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in by Henry Osborn Taylor (1919)
"... and scarcely regarded the special claims of an individual, or noticed mitigating or aggravating elements in his culpability—answerability rather. ..."

6. Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order by Edward Alsworth. Ross (1901)
"... until all answerability of one man for another disappears, and organized society stands, as it does to-day, face to face with men and women. ..."

7. Introduction to the Science of Law: Systematic Survey of the Law and by Karl Gareis (1911)
"The theoretical, and sometimes also practical, distinction between a performance and the debtor's answerability,3 does not, in the latter case in modern ..."

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