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    #1

    "accountability" "responsibility"

    "accountability" "responsibility"
    Do they have the same meaning?

    "accountable"
    "responsible"


    thanks

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    #2

    Re: "accountability" "responsibility"

    Not necessarily, though they may often be used for a similar situation. If you are accountable, there is some kind of authority who can demand an explanation, who you must answer to.

    Responsibility covers a few meanings- jobs, rights, etc, bring responsibilities (duties), which is similar, but responsibility also means accepting the consequences of your actions (or inaction), which is not necessarily covered by accountability.

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