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 That formula helped Hyundai win a generation of buyers with the Tiburon, another inexpensive small car amenable to upgrades on a budget. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Hyundai Venue SUV packs features and value into small package," 9 July 2020 The 1877 pact confirmed the Confederates’ original contention that union was possible on no other terms than those amenable to white supremacy. Richard Kreitner, The New Republic, "The Confederates Loved America, and They’re Still Defining What Patriotism Means," 30 June 2020 Lawrence asked if Stone would be amenable to an alternate all-residential plan. cleveland, "Pepper Pike to hold online public hearing on Beech Brook rezoning July 29," 25 June 2020 This is essentially what political parties do—form coalitions with disparate interests and points of view, win elections, and work to implement policies amenable to members of the coalition. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Can the Never Trumpers Deliver the Goods in 2020?," 15 June 2020 Sasson says that in her experience, dermatology cases are among the most amenable to telemedicine. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus boosted use of telemedicine," 4 June 2020 The visitor agreed to go into quarantine without fuss, but not everyone is as amenable. Hema Ramaprasad And Reshmi Chakraborty, CNN, "India's rural health care workers push for more coronavirus pay," 31 May 2020 This jibes with her idea that as people repeatedly restrict eating, the behavior moves to a different brain region and becomes less amenable to change. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Rethinking anorexia: Biology may be more important than culture, new studies reveal," 9 Apr. 2020 Even though campaigning ground to a near halt for Christmas Eve and Christmas, candidates are betting voters will be more amenable to their messages on the final day of the year. Arkansas Online, "Warren blasts billionaires as Democrats end year campaigning," 1 Jan. 2020

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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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“Amenable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amenable. Accessed 11 Aug. 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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