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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
Some industrious Somalilander discovered that there was a chance of employment in Norway, or that Norway was particularly amenable to asylum seekers.
The chiclet style is also more amenable to backlighting; the larger gaps between keys mean there's more space for light to come out.
Pompeo is likely to be more amenable to Trump’s way of doing business.
Pompeo is likely to be more amenable to Trump's way of doing business.
The Astros organization was more amenable to the honor, with a few notable absences.
Nevertheless, board members were skeptical that parents would be amenable to changes in school boundaries.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Harvey will get to learn from one of IndyCar’s most amenable mentors, James Hinchcliffe.
Unless Watkins is amenable to taking a discount, Los Angeles should be prepared to walk away given DT Aaron Donald is in line for a massive extension.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of amenable
balky, contrary, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, noncompliant, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, unamenable, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful);
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
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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