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Definition of Accountability

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quality of being accountable, responsibility
Accountability Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\ac*count`a*bil"i*ty\ (&?;), n. the state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness. "the awful idea of accountability." hall.

The Devil's Dictionary
Accountability, (n.)

The mother of caution.

"My accountability, bear in mind,"
Said the Grand Vizier: "Yes, yes,"
Said the Shah: "I do -- 'tis the only kind
Of ability you possess."

Joram Tate
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
WordNet 2.0

1. responsibility to someone or for some activity
(synonym) answerability, answerableness
(hypernym) responsibility, responsibleness
Accountability Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of management terminology
1 Responsibility for the progress of a project or the progress of the firm
2 A lack of progress may not lead to any disciplinary action "We are going to build in accountability"
European Central Bank Glossary
The legal and political obligation of an independent institution to properly explain and justify its decisions to the citizens and their elected representatives, thereby making it responsible for fulfilling its objectives. The ECB is accountable to the European citizens and, more formally, to the European Parliament.
Copyright © 2006, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. This information may be obtained free of charge through the ECB's website.
Accountability Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
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. See also responsibility.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Rabintex Ballistic Dictionary
Obligation imposed by law, or lawful order, or regulation, on an entity for storage of accurate property records, documents, or funds
Accountability Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
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.

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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 (corporate) and individual contexts. 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.

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Accountability Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
A relationship based on the obligation to demonstrate and take responsibility for performance in light of agreed expectations.