ame·na·ble | \ ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl , -ˈme- \

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 \-ˌmē-nə-ˈbil-ət-ē, -ˌme- \ noun
amenably \-ˈmē-nə-blē, -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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Granik shot Leave No Trace in 30 days in Oregon, a luxurious amount of time for the scrappy filmmaker and one aided by a skilled local crew that made working in the beautiful—yet frigid—location more amenable. Nicole Sperling, HWD, "The Filmmaker Who Discovered Jennifer Lawrence Has Found a New Star in Leave No Trace," 26 June 2018 The Chinese also seem to be more amenable to sharing data, which can be a boon for tech companies looking to customize digital experiences. Rani Molla, Recode, "Five years ago, China had just two of the world’s biggest public tech companies by market value while the U.S. had nine.," 30 May 2018 If the school district is not amenable, the township can set up a 10-year, 25 percent TIF district without school district approval. Jennie Key,, "Colerain plan takes down 'blighted' motel," 25 June 2018 Robin Seeley, Acadian Seaplants’ most persistent opponent, is also amenable to compromise. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian, "How Seaweed Connects Us All," 31 May 2018 So the amenable canine remains sitting and looking rather forlorn just outside the open-plan kitchen space, abiding by the rules as only the best pets can do. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Patient Rule-Abiding Dog Outside Café Is Really Winning People Over," 15 June 2018 The interest in this meeting, of course, is because of the question of collusion, right, whether Trump associates were amenable or open, receptive to any help from Russian agents. Fox News, "Giuliani says Mueller acknowledged he can't indict Trump," 17 May 2018 And when is the last time LeBron has been amenable to such a possibility? Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Could Heat even create cap space for LeBron?," 12 June 2018 Last August, Elliott was amenable to giving Mr. Bush time after the company promised to hire an operating chief and a new chairman, which investors and analysts believed would provide Mr. Bush help executing. David Benoit, WSJ, "Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush’s Exit Comes After Investor Pressure and His Apology for Abuse," 6 June 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.

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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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English Language Learners Definition of amenable

: willing to agree or to accept something that is wanted or asked for

: able to be controlled, organized, or affected by something


ame·na·ble | \ ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl , -ˈme- \

Kids Definition of amenable

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


ame·na·ble | \ ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl, -ˈme- \

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

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amenability \ə-ˌmē-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌme- \ noun

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