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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having accountability (individuals have accountability); answerable.
  • adj. Requiring accountability (property or funds require accountability).
  • adj. Liable to be called on to render an account;
  • adj. Being answerable for.
  • adj. Being liable for.
  • adj. Capable of being accounted for; explicable; explainable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Liable to be called on to render an account; answerable.
  • adj. Capable of being accounted for; explicable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Liable to be called to account; responsible, as for a trust or obligation; answerable, as for conduct: as, every man is accountable to God for his conduct; a sheriff is accountable as bailiff and receiver of goods.
  • Of which an account can be given; that can be accounted for: in this use opposed to unaccountable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. liable to account for one's actions

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