adjective an·swer·able \ˈan(t)-s(ə-)rə-bəl\

: required to explain actions or decisions to someone

: responsible for something

: capable of being answered

Full Definition of ANSWERABLE

archaic :  suitable, adequate
:  liable to be called to account :  responsible
archaic :  corresponding, similar
:  capable of being refuted
an·swer·abil·i·ty \ˌan(t)-s(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of ANSWERABLE

  1. a powerful businesswoman who seems to think that she's answerable to no one
  2. <you are answerable for your own conduct at all times>

First Known Use of ANSWERABLE


Synonym Discussion of ANSWERABLE

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>.
ANSWERABILITY Defined for Kids


adjective an·swer·able \ˈan-sə-rə-bəl\

Definition of ANSWERABLE for Kids

:  responsible 1 <You are answerable for your actions.>
:  possible to answer <an answerable question>


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