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Definition of "accountable" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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?"