unaccountable

  • 1unaccountable — means (1) ‘that cannot be accounted for’, i.e. ‘inexplicable’ • (The unaccountable and secret reasons of disaffection between man and wife Milton, 1643) which remains the dominant sense, and (2) ‘not liable to be called to account’, i.e.… …

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  • 2Unaccountable — Un ac*count a*ble, a. 1. Not accountable or responsible; free from control. South. [1913 Webster] 2. Not to be accounted for; inexplicable; not consonant with reason or rule; strange; mysterious. [1913 Webster] {Un ac*count a*ble*ness}], n. {Un… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3unaccountable — index arbitrary, clear (unencumbered), immune, inapprehensible, incomprehensible, indefinable, inexplicable …

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  • 4unaccountable — (adj.) 1640s, inexplicable, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + ACCOUNTABLE (Cf. accountable). Meaning not liable to be called to account is recorded from 1640s. Related: Unaccountably …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5unaccountable — [adj] not explainable; mysterious arcane, astonishing, baffling, extraordinary, impenetrable, incomprehensible, inexplicable, inscrutable, mystic, odd, peculiar, puzzling, strange, uncommon, unexplainable, unfathomable, unheard of, unintelligible …

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  • 6unaccountable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unable to be explained. 2) not responsible for or required to justify consequences. DERIVATIVES unaccountability noun unaccountably adverb …

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  • 7unaccountable — [un΄əkount′ə bəl] adj. 1. that cannot be explained or accounted for; strange; mysterious 2. not accountable; not responsible unaccountability n. unaccountableness unaccountably adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8unaccountable — [[t]ʌ̱nəka͟ʊntəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is unaccountable does not seem to have any sensible explanation. For some unaccountable reason, it struck me as extremely funny... He had an unaccountable change of mind. Syn:… …

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  • 9unaccountable — un|ac|count|a|ble [ˌʌnəˈkauntəbəl] adj formal 1.) very surprising and difficult to explain ▪ the unaccountable shyness she always felt in Louise s presence ▪ For some unaccountable reason , he arrived a day early. 2.) not having to explain your… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10unaccountable — un|ac|count|a|ble [ ,ʌnə kauntəbl ] adjective 1. ) people or organizations that are unaccountable do not have to explain their actions or decisions to anyone else. This word shows that you do not approve of people or organizations like this:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11unaccountable — UK [ˌʌnəˈkaʊntəb(ə)l] / US adjective 1) people or organizations that are unaccountable do not have to explain their actions or decisions to anyone else. This word shows that you do not approve of people or organizations like this faceless and… …

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  • 12unaccountable — unaccountableness, unaccountability, n. unaccountably, adv. /un euh kown teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. impossible to account for; unexplained; inexplicable: The boat has an unaccountable tendency to yaw. 2. exempt from being called to account; not… …

    Universalium

  • 13unaccountable — adj. unaccountable to * * * [ˌʌnə kaʊntəb(ə)l] unaccountable to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14unaccountable — adjective formal 1 very surprising and difficult to explain: Patrick s disappearance was quite unaccountable. 2 not having to explain your actions or decisions to anyone else: It is not acceptable that the governors of this institution should be… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15unaccountable — adjective 1) for some unaccountable reason, the dogs have been pacing the floor all evening Syn: inexplicable, insoluble, incomprehensible, unfathomable, impenetrable, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, bewildering, mystifying, mysterious,… …

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  • 16unaccountable — [ˌʌnəˈkaʊntəb(ə)l] adj 1) people or organizations that are unaccountable do not have to explain their actions or decisions to anyone else 2) formal difficult or impossible to explain or understand unaccountably adv …

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  • 17unaccountable — adjective Date: 1643 1. not to be accounted for ; inexplicable, strange 2. not to be called to account ; not responsible • unaccountability noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18unaccountable — adjective a) inexplicable; unable to account for, or explain b) not responsible; free from accountability or control …

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  • 19unaccountable — Synonyms and related words: adrift, afloat, agnostic, aimless, alternating, ambiguous, amorphous, antic, baffling, bizarre, capricious, casual, causeless, chancy, changeable, changeful, chartered, designless, desultory, deviable, dicey,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20unaccountable — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. inexplicable, mysterious, strange; not responsible, unanswerable. See unconformity, unintelligibility. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. strange, odd, peculiar; see mysterious 2 , unusual 1 . III (Roget s …

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