amenable

adjective
ame·​na·​ble | \ ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl How to pronounce amenable (audio) , -ˈme- How to pronounce amenable (audio) \

Definition of amenable

1 : liable to be brought to account : answerable citizens amenable to the law
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 change
c : willing sense 1 was amenable to spending more time at home

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amenability \ ə-​ˌmē-​nə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce amenability (audio) , -​ˌme-​ \ noun
amenably \ ə-​ˈmē-​nə-​blē How to pronounce amenably (audio) , -​ˈme-​ \ adverb

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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

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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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Uniquely among the problem domains, only device encryption, which thwarts device searches, would be amenable to a 'front door' access mechanism. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Senate Judiciary committee interrogates Apple, Facebook about crypto," 11 Dec. 2019 Even finding a commercial landlord amenable to cannabis businesses can be a huge challenge. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Hurt by the War on Drugs, cannabis entrepreneurs win first SF equity permits," 18 Dec. 2019 This might make politicians—and farmers—in some countries more amenable to cuts that make the level of support more uniform. The Economist, "Udder waste Some farmers are especially good at milking European taxpayers," 21 Nov. 2019 The end of the wind event, which has already let up somewhat in Northern California, should also bring more amenable temperatures for firefighters who have at times been battling blazes in intense heat. Editors, USA TODAY, "Chicago schools resume, Apple TV Plus launches, California wildfires: 5 things to know Friday," 1 Nov. 2019 Former Commissioner Bud Selig was adamant in his opposition to Jackson’s reinstatement, but his successor, Rob Manfred, seems more amenable to recognizing Shoeless Joe. Paul Newberry, The Denver Post, "Newberry: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game," 9 Oct. 2019 Former Commissioner Bud Selig was adamant in his opposition to Jackson’s reinstatement, but his successor, Rob Manfred, seems more amenable to recognizing Shoeless Joe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: MLB needs to put Shoeless Joe back in the game," 8 Oct. 2019 But the networks, too, became amenable to unconventional programming. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 But despite intensive development of the idea, string theory has been unable to furnish any predictions amenable to experimental tests with the current generation of particle colliders—the energies needed are vastly too great. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Supergravity Snags Super Award: $3-Million Special Breakthrough Prize," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of amenable

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of amenable was in 1596

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17 Jan 2020

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“Amenable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amenability. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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amenable

adjective
How to pronounce amenable (audio) How to pronounce amenable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amenable

: willing to agree or to accept something that is wanted or asked for
formal : able to be controlled, organized, or affected by something

amenable

adjective
ame·​na·​ble | \ ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl How to pronounce amenable (audio) , -ˈme- \

Kids Definition of amenable

: readily giving in or agreeing The builders were amenable to our wishes.

amenable

adjective
ame·​na·​ble | \ ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl, -ˈme- How to pronounce amenable (audio) \

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 rehabilitationNational Law Journal

Other Words from amenable

amenability \ ə-​ˌmē-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē, -​ˌme-​ How to pronounce amenability (audio) \ noun

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