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.

  • 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:


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



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.


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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