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accountability

[uh-koun-tuh-bil-i-tee] /əˌkaʊn təˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.
2.
Education. a policy of holding schools and teachers accountable for students' academic progress by linking such progress with funding for salaries, maintenance, etc.
Origin of accountability
1785-1795
1785-95; account(able) + -ability
Related forms
nonaccountability, noun
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n.

1770, from accountable + -ity. Earlier was accountableness (1660s).

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