Definition of "accountable" []

  • Liable to being called to account; answerable. See Synonyms at responsible. (adjective)
  • That can be explained: an accountable phenomenon. (adjective)
  • Responsible to someone or for some action; answerable (adjective)

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  • Able to be explained (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "accountable" in a sentence
  • "We devised a bill that moved to universal coverage using what we called accountable health plans playing by national rules to ensure competition and choice."
  • "The law encourages doctors and hospitals to join "accountable care organizations" that have financial incentives to limit unnecessary care; it beefs up "comparative effectiveness research" to weed out inefficient treatments; and it will eventually tax the most expensive insurance plans to restrain consumers 'superfluous use of health care."
  • "Can't anyone be held accountable from the mess the Bush regime left?"