- obliged to account for one's acts; responsible
- capable of being accounted for; explainable
The definition of accountable is being responsible for something or someone.
A pet owner is an example of someone who is accountable for the well being and behavior of his or her pet.
- Expected or required to account for one's actions; answerable. See Synonyms at responsible.
- Capable of being explained: an accountable phenomenon.
- ac·count′a·bil′i·ty ac·count′a·ble·ness
(comparative more accountable, superlative most accountable)
- Having accountability (individuals have accountability); answerable.
- Every man is accountable to God for his conduct.
- You will be held accountable for your misdemeanors.
- Requiring accountability (property or funds require accountability).
- Liable to be called on to render an account;
- Being answerable for.
- Being liable for.
- (rare) Capable of being accounted for; explicable; explainable.
- First attested around 1400.
- account + -able
- "You'll be held accountable if anything bad happens," he reminded him.
- Another held him accountable, with remorse causing him to take his own life.
- He is thus received into the religion of Zoroaster, and is henceforth considered morally accountable for his acts.
- A wife may hold property and make contracts as if she were single, and neither husband nor wife is accountable for the acts of the other.
- 1870) to express that close agreement in form which may be attained in the course of evolutional changes by organs or parts in two animals which have been subjected to similar moulding conditions of the environment, but have not a close genetic community of origin, to account for their similarity in form and structure, although they have a certain identity in primitive quality which is accountable for the agreement of their response to similar moulding conditions.