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Definition of the noun accountability

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noun - plural: accountabilities

  1. responsibility to someone or for some activity
    • examples: The accountability of the management of the organization is held in question. | Corporate governance and accountability are being strengthened.
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of accountability: answerability / answerableness
    • more generic words: responsibility / responsibleness = a form of trustworthiness

Alternative definition of the noun accountability


  1. The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness; responsible for; answerable for.
  2. [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)


"Accountability" is a book by Sam Lloyd.

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  1. Accountability: In ethics and governance, accountability is answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and the expectation of account-giving. As an aspect of governance, it has been central to discussions related to problems in the public sector, nonprofit and private worlds. In leadership roles, accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions, and policies including the administration, governance, and implementation within the scope of the role or employment position and encompassing the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for resulting consequences.
    • also known as 問責制
  2. AccountAbility is an independent, global, not-for-profit organisation promoting accountability, sustainable business practices and corporate responsibility. It is a self-managed partnership, governed by its multi-stakeholder network.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Accountability

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Google previewGlobal Business Citizenship (2015)

A Transformative Framework for Ethics and Sustainable Capitalism by Donna J. Wood, Jeanne M. Logsdon, Patsy G. Lewellyn, Kimberly S. Davenport

Accountability is the core principle of organizational reporting that provides key stakeholders with feedback on what the company learned during stakeholder dialogue and engagement and that shares the change management activities it has ...

Google previewThe Color of Privilege (1996)

Three Blasphemies on Race and Feminism by Aída Hurtado

Accountability is the political aspect of reflexivity now being advocated in cultural studies discourse.

of one's perspective in the course of theorizing, accountability is a collective process of a similarly defined group with politically agreed-upon ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Political Science (2011)

by Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo Morlino

Institutionalizing accountability means de facto binding the use of political power to specific, clearly defined, and publicly accepted standards.

Google previewExploring Management, 5th Edition (2016)

by John R. Schermerhorn, Jr., Daniel G. Bachrach

Accountability is the requirement to show performance results to a supervisor.


Google previewIntravenous Therapy in Nursing Practice (2009)

by Lisa Dougherty, Julie Lamb

The NMC assert that although a nurse can be responsible for an action, accountability means being able to explain why.

maintains that ' accountability is the hallmark of a profession' since it is a framework for exercising the professional aspects of...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability (2014)

by Mark Bovens, Robert E. Goodin, Thomas Schillemans

Accountability is a relational concept in another sense as well, linking agents and others for whom they perform tasks or who...

says, only a little hyperbolically, “accountability means punishment.

Google previewCorporate Governance Codes for the 21st Century (2017)

International Perspectives and Critical Analyses by Jean J. du Plessis, Chee Keong Low

Accountability is a concept that is complex and requires careful and considered study, and particularly in the field of...

has a sound knowledge of what accountability means but, as outlined in this chapter, this is often simply just not the case.

Google previewManaging Decision Making by Applying Biblical Perspective (2010)

by Damian Iwuala

Part 5: Personal Accountability and Discipline A Call to Accountability Accountability is a state of being accountable; liability to be...

Google previewPreparing for Marriage Leader's Guide (2012)

by Dennis Rainey

Accountability is a scriptural principle that tells us to “be subject toone anotherinthe fearofChrist” (Eph. 5:21). Thismeans choosing to submit yourlife to ... Accountability means asking the other person for advice. It means giving the other person ...

Google previewTruth v. Justice (2010)

The Morality of Truth Commissions by Robert I. Rotberg, Dennis Thompson

Accountability is an important component of any process of reconciliation that follows a period of systematic human rights...

Google previewMoving the Needle (2014)

Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life! by Joe Sweeney, Mike Yorkey

Accountability is the acknowledgment of responsibility for your actions and your decisions. Accountability is a matter of taking 100 percent responsibility, being true to yourself, and having the honesty and integrity to do the right thing when no ...

Google previewCreating the Future School (2013)

by Hedley Beare

Accountability is the process you adopt in order to report improvements, and especially those which you have deliberately planned to make and enunciated publicly. Accountability means that you are able to give an account of yourself.

Google previewBoard Accountability in Corporate Governance (2015)

by Andrew Keay

Defining accountability To recapitulate, it has been asserted frequently that accountability is a matter of great importance in corporate governance; it provides images of good governance. It is submitted that other issues that interest corporate ...

Google previewADMINISTRATIVE THEORY (2009)


Accountability is a concept in ethics with several meanings.

Google previewBetter Governance for Development in the Middle East and North Africa (2003)

Enhancing Inclusiveness and Accountability by Charles Humphreys

Because external accountability is a fundamental right (deriving from the precept that authority to govern is granted by the...

External accountability is the linchpin for improved governance, and it is the especially weak external accountability to ...

Google previewThe New Accountability (2003)

High Schools and High-Stakes Testing by Martin Carnoy, Richard Elmore, Leslie Siskin

Accountability is the use of such tests, procedures, methods, or series of tasks to measure what is taught and learned (Leithwood, Edge, and Jantzi 1999). Accountability is “an arrangement whereby 'an account must be given'1 to some ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014)

by David Coghlan, Mary Brydon-Miller

Social accountability can be defined as anapproach inwhich citizensor civilsociety organizations hold public institutions (institutions established bylaw and statute and funded by public money) accountable. Itis anongoing and collective effort ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Political Communication, 3 Volume Set (2015)

by Gianpietro Mazzoleni

GIANFRANCO PASQUINO SAIS Europe, Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center, Italy Accountability is more than responsibility. It is also far less than a binding mandate. Political accountability does not simply require politicians to “ follow ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of Communication (2015)

by Wolfgang Donsbach

Young Min Korea University The accountability of the media is a normative notion that underlies the balance of freedom and social responsibility across media structure, performance, and product. From the birth of the press, its freedom has ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

Accountability. Health care is regulated in a number of ways. The most important of these for nurses are: • Professional regulation. • Acts of Parliament. • Civil law. • Contracts of employment. • Ethical standards. The Nursing and Midwifery ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2008)

by Robert W. Kolb

Accountability can be defined as “being answerable”— that is, being able to give an account. In the corporate environment, it has been closely associated with financial auditing and reporting, as well as accountancy in general. Within the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Environmentalism (2009)

by Peter Dauvergne

_A_ ACCOUNTABILITY (AA). Founded in 1996 as the Institute for Social and Ethical AccountAbility, AccountAbility, or AA, promotes socially accountable business practices, including increasing the credibility of sustainability reports. Its 350 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disability (2005)

by Gary L Albrecht

Persons with disabilities, as well as the general public, are increasingly demanding greater accountability from politicians, government bureaucracies, teachers, public school systems, physicians, and health care organizations. The term ...

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There is no accountability in the public school system - except for coaches. You know what happens to a losing coach. You fire him. A losing teacher can go on losing for 30 years and then go to glory. (Ross Perot)
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The value of this 14-letter word is 23 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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