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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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

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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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Canadians appear amenable to this approach, with certain caveats. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Rethinks Defense of Dairy Farmers as Industry’s Heft Wanes," 14 Sep. 2018 Half a century ago, politicians seemed particularly amenable to tougher measures if a shooting victim was one of their own. Clyde Haberman, New York Times, "Do Stronger Gun Laws Stand a Chance? It’s Been an Uphill Battle.," 29 Apr. 2018 President Trump, however, once again seems amenable to breaking with convention. Lily Rothman, Time, "Trump Likes the Idea of Taping Meetings. Here’s Why That’s Controversial," 12 Jan. 2018 Iran is less isolated than North Korea and less amenable to a media spectacle that doesn’t restore the benefits Iran lost. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Iranian Officials Rebuff Trump Meeting Offer," 31 July 2018 Residents do seem amenable to some tax increases: For example, more than two-thirds favor a higher rate for households that earn more than $1 million annually, according to a March Rutgers-Eagleton poll. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Democrats have one-party rule in Trenton. Why can't they agree on taxes?," 13 June 2018 At the same time, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, was pressing an anti-corruption campaign that was making Chinese officials much less amenable to the bribes often offered by brokers to release North Koreans arrested at the border. New York Times, "‘We Are Ready to Die.’ Five North Korean Defectors Who Never Made It.," 25 Mar. 2018 There, Republicans are on the whole far less amenable to compromise with Democrats on the matter of immigration. Nash Jenkins, Time, "No One Knows How the Senate's Immigration Free-for-All Will End," 12 Feb. 2018 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

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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

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

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