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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
Many of those problems would be amenable to policy or legislative fixes.
If the weather's amenable, relax in the charming private garden with a book from the property's extensive collection and a complimentary cup of hot cocoa. Batty Langley's Don't expect a porte-cochère at this Shoreditch spot.
Hughes, though, was amenable to an impromptu Friday night patrol.
The study, published in the journal Science Advances, identifies a series of gene mutations that may make your puppy more amenable to playing with people.
Though the name makes clear that the park is amenable to auto travel, there are endless opportunities for hiking, backpacking, picnicking, camping, watching the wildlife, absorbing cultural history and plain old sightseeing.
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.
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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.
Synonymswilling, disposed, fain, game, glad, inclined, minded, ready
Antonymsdisinclined, unamenable, unwilling
Related Wordspredisposed, prone; accommodating, agreeable, compliant, cooperative, obedient, obliging, submissive; favorable, receptive; prepared, prompt, quick, responsive, swift; desirous, eager, enthused, enthusiastic, excited
Near Antonymsaverse, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctant, reticent
Synonym Discussion of amenable
- the bureau responsible for revenue collection
- an intelligence agency answerable to Congress
- elected officials are accountable to the voters
- laws are amenable to judicial review
- not liable for the debts of the former spouse
- obedient to the government
- a docile child
- tractable animals
- 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
- The builders were amenable to our wishes.
legal Definition of amenable
- the corporation is not amenable to suit in New York
- an adult is not amenable to a juvenile treatment program
- defendant is amenable to rehabilitation
- —National Law Journal
amenabilityplay \ə-ˌmē-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌme-\ noun
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