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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

accountable for, accountable to

To be accountable means to be responsible.

A person is accountable for something but accountable to someone.

  • Taxpayers rightly feel that the government is accountable to them for every dollar spent.
  • The lieutenant was accountable to her commanding officer for troop deployment.