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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from amenable

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for amenable

Synonyms

disposed, fain, game, glad, inclined, minded, ready, willing

Antonyms

disinclined, unamenable, unwilling

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

An Engaged Ally The relationship between China and Sri Lanka had long been amenable, with Sri Lanka an early recognizer of Mao’s Communist government after the Chinese Revolution. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port," 25 June 2018 By contrast, many religious groups perceive that real estate in the afterlife and divine will on earth are not amenable to division, compromise, or bargaining. Amy Erica Smith, Vox, "Religious conflict in Jerusalem may not have political solutions," 18 May 2018 Unfortunately, the interior of joints are not that amenable to high-speed photography. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Cavitation dilemma resolved in knuckle-cracking model," 5 Apr. 2018 Democrats are amenable to passing an infrastructure package and have called for such legislation to include measures aimed at combating climate change and protecting the environment. WSJ, "Issues That Will Drive Debate in the New Congress," 4 Jan. 2019 The ships alternate between Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries, calling at popular (and amenable) ports including Barcelona, Mallorca, Nassau, and San Juan. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Some European officials say that if Mrs. May was ousted or the U.K. Parliament rejected her deal, EU leaders could be amenable to extending the withdrawal process beyond March 29 if there was a chance Brexit could be reversed. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "European Governments Bewildered by U.K.’s Brexit Turmoil," 18 Nov. 2018 Saying that Poland would pay $2 billion for the installation — and naming it after Trump — was likely a move to make Trump more amenable to the base idea. Alex Ward, Vox, "Poland wants a US military base in Poland. Trump might agree to it.," 18 Sep. 2018 Millenials and the generation below them seem more amenable both to government and to Western Europe-style social democracy than do their elders. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Gun Control’ Has Outlived Its Usefulness," 24 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'amenable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about amenable

Listen to Our Podcast about amenable

Statistics for amenable

Last Updated

28 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for amenable

The first known use of amenable was in 1596

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for amenable

amenable

adjective

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on amenable

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with amenable

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for amenable

Spanish Central: Translation of amenable

Nglish: Translation of amenable for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of amenable for Arabic Speakers

Comments on amenable

What made you want to look up amenable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!