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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.

  • also known as "Accountability managing for maximum results"


  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 encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Accountability

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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 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 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 previewAccountability in Public Policy Partnerships (2010)

by Julia Steets

AccountAbility is an international NGO collecting and developing tools to increase accountability worldwide. The Campaign...

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 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 previewThe Global Fourth Way (2012)

The Quest for Educational Excellence by Andy Hargreaves, Dennis L. Shirley

Accountability is the remainder that is left when responsibility has been subtracted. Responsibility (vastuullisuus) is the closest thing to it. Collective professional responsibility precedes and supersedes accountability. Indeed, as we said in The ...

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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Volume 1 - Abbreviations (1968)

Accountability to Associcao Brasileira De Escolas De Biblioteconomia E Documentacao by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour

Accountability to Associcao Brasileira De Escolas De Biblioteconomia E Documentacao Allen Kent, Harold Lancour. controlled by the transfer- accountability stations according to the categories of subject. Distribution to people outside an ...

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 ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society (2015)

by Frederick F. Wherry, Juliet B. Schor, Consulting Editor

Given the power that politicians and civil servants receive through laws and regulations they bring into practice, the resources they control, and the organizations they manage, accountability represents the way to ensure an appropriate use of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Studies (2012)

by Helmut K. Anheier, Mark Juergensmeyer

According to this theory, information on performance provided through accountability mechanisms helps improve overall performance and efficiency and helps to create trust and ensure goal alignment. Institutional theory is another way of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (2006)

by Fenwick W. English

Given a breadth of approaches directed toward legitimating schools' public responsiveness, accountability can be manifested through a variety of mechanisms, including any of the following: electoral processes; laws and regulations; ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Social Policy (2013)

by Tony Fitzpatrick, Huck-ju Kwon, Nick Manning, James Midgley, Gillian Pascall

PETER SELMAN ACCOUNTABILITY AND EVALUATION Accountability can be defined as the need to give an account of one's action to some authority.

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Republicans are pushing legislation forward that will improve the effectiveness of and bring more accountability to U.S. foreign assistance around the world and bring democracy even further into the light. (Virginia Foxx)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3O1U1N1T1A1B3I1L1I1T1Y4

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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