noun. 1. the degree to which someone is responsible for actions, verdicts, decisions, and more. 2. in regards to the medical field, how much a healthcare provider, be it an individual or institution, is liable for the care they give to patients, and how this care is regarded in terms of record-keeping, use of support options, and ultimately, treatment results.

ACCOUNTABILITY: "It is often difficult for children to go through stages in life where they must learn accountability."

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