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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
And when is the last time LeBron has been amenable to such a possibility?
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.
Also amenable to compromise are some of the automakers, who favor a more moderate approach to a regulatory rollback than the one favored by Mr. Pruitt.
Fultz sounded amenable to playing in his final public comments of the season, but those comments occurred before Colangelo spoke of needing to talk to him and his agent.
Most voters, including many Republican voters, are amenable to the idea of making the tax burden more steeply progressive.
Bosses in some industries report that regulators are less abrasive, indeed amenable.
And there’s no indication that Republicans in Washington would be amenable to a breakup.
Phil Shattuck, an associate at iQuilt, said a sprawling zoning ordinance enacted by Hartford’s planning and zoning commission was key to making city streets safer and more amenable to walkers.
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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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