ame·​na·​ble | \ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl, -ˈme- \

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 \-​ˌmē-​nə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē, -​ˌme-​ \ noun
amenably \-​ˈmē-​nə-​blē, -​ˈme-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for amenable


disposed, fain, game, glad, inclined, minded, ready, willing


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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Saying that Poland would pay $2 billion for the installation — and naming it after Trump — was likely a move to make Trump more amenable to the base idea. Alex Ward, Vox, "Poland wants a US military base in Poland. Trump might agree to it.," 18 Sep. 2018 Millenials and the generation below them seem more amenable both to government and to Western Europe-style social democracy than do their elders. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Gun Control’ Has Outlived Its Usefulness," 24 Feb. 2018 So would the applicable parties be amenable to a return after Mary Poppins Returns? Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Do You Reinvent Mary Poppins for 2018? Emily Blunt Has a Few Ideas," 8 Nov. 2018 Dulling our senses with inexplicable horror and violence just might help a disordered nervous system become more amenable to the everyday crises of life. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Horror Movies Help People Cope With Anxiety," 15 Oct. 2018 That's a lot of potential eyeballs, many of which will be amenable to sitting through a few advertisements to watch free movies and shows. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon may make a free, ad-supported streaming service for Fire TVs," 29 Aug. 2018 After being pushed out of office, Shulkin accused the White House of using the ethics issues as a pretext for replacing him with a VA boss who would be more amenable to outsourcing veterans' care to the private sector. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "The Trump administration's scandals and embarrassments, in one place," 27 Apr. 2018 Spectre version 2 attacks are amenable to hardware fixes. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel outlines plans for Meltdown and Spectre fixes, microcode for older chips," 15 Mar. 2018 Part of Uber's success, in particular, is due to its ability to convince state governments that a uniform set of statewide regulations is more amenable to them than a patchwork of widely-varied local and municipal ordinances, Ewer said. Doug Ferrar,, "Uber business booming at Delaware beaches," 9 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of amenable

: willing to agree or to accept something that is wanted or asked for

: able to be controlled, organized, or affected by something


ame·​na·​ble | \ə-ˈmē-nə-bəl, -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- \

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-​ \ noun

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