Accountability vs Responsible - What's the difference?

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As a noun accountability

is the state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness; responsible for; answerable for.

As a adjective responsible is

answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically.

accountability

Noun

(en-noun)
  • The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness; responsible for; answerable for.
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  • (military) 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. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms)
  • Usage notes

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    Synonyms

    * accountableness

    See also

    * responsibility

    References

    responsible

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically.
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    Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour.
  • Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct.
  • Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned.
  • She has a responsible position in the firm.
  • Being a primary cause or agent of some event or action; capable of being credited for something, or of being held liable for something.
  • Who is responsible for this mess?
  • Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy.
  • He looks like a responsible guy.

    Antonyms

    * irresponsible

    References

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