Definition: liable to be called to report; responsible; answerable

Synonym: amenable

• A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case, he is justly accountable to them for the injury. — John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) English philosopher & economist
• Forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed? — Gloria Jean Watkins [aka: Bell Hooks] (1952–2021) American author, theorist, & educator