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amenable

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adjective ame·na·ble \ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl, -ˈme-\

Simple Definition of amenable

  • : willing to agree or to accept something that is wanted or asked for

  • : able to be controlled, organized, or affected by something

Full Definition of amenable

  1. 1 :  liable to be brought to account :  answerable <citizens amenable to the law>

  2. 2 a :  capable of submission (as to judgment or test) :  suited <the data is amenable to analysis> b :  readily brought to yield, submit, or cooperate <a government not amenable to change> c :  willing 1 <was amenable to spending more time at home>

ame·na·bil·i·ty play \-ˌmē-nə-ˈbil-ət-ē, -ˌme-\ noun
ame·na·bly play \-ˈmē-nə-blē, -ˈme-\ adverb

Examples of amenable

  1. Mr. Bush is in a position to make his party more amenable to minorities and especially blacks. He should seize the moment. —Jason L. Riley, Wall Street Journal, 16 Jan. 2003

  2. While no one yet knows how wide … margins can go, contracts establish royalty rates and project them far into the future. Many agents have thus pushed for a term of license of just a few years. Publishers, however, are not always amenable. —Steven M. Zeitchik, Publishers Weekly, 14 June 1999

  3. Some of the newer findings address a vexing flaw in the sole noninvasive screening test for detecting microscopic prostate cancer, the form most amenable to a cure. —Marc B. Garnick et al., Scientific American, December 1998

  4. … depression, schizophrenia and manic depression, mental troubles that are now considered amenable to treatment by drug therapy … —Sherry Turkle, London Review of Books, 19 Mar. 1998

  5. <whatever you decide to do, I'm amenable—just let me know>

  6. <our normally balky cat becomes the most amenable of creatures when confronted with the strange environment of the veterinary clinic>



Origin of amenable

Anglo-French, from amener to bring, compel, from a- (from Latin ad-) + mener to lead, from Late Latin minare to drive, from Latin minari to threaten — more at mount


First Known Use: 1596

Synonym Discussion of amenable

responsible, answerable, accountable, amenable, liable mean subject to being held to account. responsible implies holding a specific office, duty, or trust <the bureau responsible for revenue collection>. answerable suggests a relation between one having a moral or legal obligation and a court or other authority charged with oversight of its observance <an intelligence agency answerable to Congress>. accountable suggests imminence of retribution for unfulfilled trust or violated obligation <elected officials are accountable to the voters>. amenable and liable stress the fact of subjection to review, censure, or control by a designated authority under certain conditions <laws are amenable to judicial review> <not liable for the debts of the former spouse>.

obedient, docile, tractable, amenable mean submissive to the will of another. obedient implies compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority <obedient to the government>. docile implies a predisposition to submit readily to control or guidance <a docile child>. tractable suggests having a character that permits easy handling or managing <tractable animals>. amenable suggests a willingness to yield or cooperate because of a desire to be agreeable or because of a natural open-mindedness <amenable to new ideas>.

Rhymes with amenable



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