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

Other Words from amenable

amenability \ ə-​ˌmē-​nə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce amenable (audio) , -​ˌme-​ \ noun
amenably \ ə-​ˈmē-​nə-​blē How to pronounce amenable (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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Nowadays, amenable is often used to describe someone who is favorably disposed to something, but it ultimately comes from Latin minari, meaning “to threaten.” Since the 16th century, English speakers have been using it in courtrooms and 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 “illnesses that are amenable to drug therapy”). It also came to be used of people with a general disposition to be agreeable—like Mr. Dick in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, who was “the most friendly and amenable creature in existence.”

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 However, another coup last year put a military junta in power that was more amenable to Camara’s return. Boubacar Diallo, ajc, 16 Sep. 2022 Given the political climate today, NASA has been far more amenable to helping get Europe's rover, named Rosalind Franklin, safely down on the surface of Mars. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 Sep. 2022 The left tends to be more amenable to industrial policy, but there are limits. Joel Mathis, The Week, 2 Aug. 2022 Your daughter is also not amenable to any parenting input from you, leading to your upset on two levels: your own child not finding her maturity to parent better, and your granddaughters’ frustration, heartache and misbehavior. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 Tear it down to, to build something that’s more amenable. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 20 Apr. 2022 If the Nets are amenable to such a framework, the Sixers have to weigh whether the short-term upside outweighs the long-term risks. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The easy virtue-signaling opportunities for politicians and boosters have mainly involved the pushing of renewables and electric vehicles, and the realm of CCSU/CDR is not nearly as amenable to warm and fuzzy visuals and messaging. David Blackmon, Forbes, 25 June 2022 Josina Anderson of CBS Sports: Imagine if the #Browns can combine Amari Cooper & Jarvis Landry — a stud WR too whose toughness has been the soul of that team — at a price amenable to Landry of course. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of amenable

circa 1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amenable

borrowed from Anglo-French, from amener "to bring, bring to a court (as witnesses, pledges), summon, take, lead" (also continental Old French) (from a- —going back to Latin ad- ad-— + mener "to lead, bring") + able -able — more at demean entry 2

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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.


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 amenable (audio) \ noun

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