Definition of amenable
2a : 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 changec : willing 1 was amenable to spending more time at home
amenabilityplay \-ˌmē-nə-ˈbil-ət-ē, -ˌme-\ noun
amenablyplay \-ˈmē-nə-blē, -ˈme-\ adverb
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Examples of amenable in a Sentence
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
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
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
… 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
whatever you decide to do, I'm amenable—just let me know
our normally balky cat becomes the most amenable of creatures when confronted with the strange environment of the veterinary clinic
Recent Examples of amenable from the Web
McKay's screenplay ticks off the days to the big game, with the amenable Jose passing up one opportunity after another to break the bad news to his teammates.
At least until the record-setting global heat in 2015 and 2016, some of the satellite data was amenable to the claim that global warming had magically ended in 1998.
In bowerbirds, for example, females have used choice preferences to make males less aggressive and more amenable.
A fight against a massive troll named Bruz the Chopper who, once dominated, turned into an amenable joker with an Australian accent.
Cats are highly intelligent and many of them are amenable to learning tricks — or, as cats would put it, teaching you to give them treats.
But being completely amenable to the desires of others eventually took its toll.
And if chancellor-designate Christ isn’t amenable to that plan, there would at least be more revenue for athletics that could be used to offset the interest-only payments.
The City Council was amenable to another entity taking over the car show, but some council members were not keen on losing the longtime car show host.
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Did You Know?
Amenable is a legacy of Anglo-French and derives ultimately from Latin minari, meaning "to threaten." Since 1596, English speakers have been using it in courtrooms and writings of law with the meaning "answerable," as in "citizens amenable to the law." It later developed the meanings "suited" ("a simple function . . . which is perfectly amenable to pencil-and-paper arithmetic" - Nature, April 1973) and "responsive" (as in "mental illnesses that are amenable to drug therapy"). It also came to be used of people with a general disposition to be agreeable or complaisant - like Mr. Dick in David Copperfield, who was "the most friendly and amenable creature in existence." Nowadays, "amenable" is often used to describe someone who is favorably disposed to a particular named something.
Synonym Discussion of amenable
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
AMENABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amenable for English Language Learners
: willing to agree or to accept something that is wanted or asked for
: able to be controlled, organized, or affected by something
AMENABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of amenable for Students
: readily giving in or agreeing The builders were amenable to our wishes.
Legal Definition of amenable
1 : legally subject or answerable the corporation is not amenable to suit in New York
2a : suited by nature an adult is not amenable to a juvenile treatment program b : readily yielding, submitting, or cooperating defendant is amenable to rehabilitation — National Law Journal
amenability\ə-ˌmē-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌme-\ play noun
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