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[uhn-uh-koun-tuh-buh l] /ˌʌn əˈkaʊn tə bəl/
impossible to account for; unexplained; inexplicable:
The boat has an unaccountable tendency to yaw.
exempt from being called to account; not answerable:
As a subordinate, he is unaccountable for errors in policy.
Origin of unaccountable
1635-45; un-1 + accountable
Related forms
unaccountableness, unaccountability, noun
unaccountably, adverb
1. incomprehensible, inscrutable, mysterious, unintelligible. 2. unanswerable, irresponsible. Unabridged
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  • All our government certainly does seem to be unaccountable and out of our control.
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  • But the unintended result has been over-mighty and unaccountable party bosses.
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  • Second, what all of these theories and models fail to account for is the unaccountable: human nature.
  • Citizens of a democracy have no obligation to obey laws made by unelected, unaccountable officials.
  • Anton himself was treated with unaccountable kindness, relatively speaking.
  • Their unconscionable, unaccountable actions are contributing to the increasing individual bankruptcy rate in our country.
British Dictionary definitions for unaccountable


allowing of no explanation; inexplicable
puzzling; extraordinary: an unaccountable fear of hamburgers
not accountable or answerable to
Derived Forms
unaccountableness, unaccountability, noun
unaccountably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unaccountable

1640s, "inexplicable," from un- (1) "not" + accountable. Meaning "not liable to be called to account" is recorded from 1640s. Related: Unaccountably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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