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In the context of being held responsible or accountable for your words, is there a single word that describes a being without accountability or responsibility?

Specifically, the state of always being held harmless for anything they say because of their job position, say a comedian or an entertainer.

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  • Responsibility, accountability, and holding harmless someone are three different things. Which one do you want? Why do you think a comedian is protected from these suites?
    – Phil Sweet
    Jul 15, 2018 at 2:05
  • @PhilSweet In the link you supplied, two of the cases were dismissed and the others do not detail any sort of retribution paid to the plaintiff.
    – Kreation
    Jul 15, 2018 at 2:38

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One obvious word is simply unaccountable:

[Merriam-Webster]

2 : not to be called to account : not responsible

The only other single word I can think of—although it has a broader meaning than you might like—is

Exempt:

[Merriam-Webster]

2 : free or released from some liability or requirement to which others are subject • was exempt from jury duty • the estate was exempt from taxes

Of course, there are also some very specific contextual phrases. For instance, diplomatic immunity.

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The most common way to express this would be to say that the entity in question is not liable — that is to say, they have no legal accountability. There are some instances of people using the word non-liable to convey the same meaning.

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