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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
Moderate Democrats, including a few up for election next year in red states, were once thought to be amenable to a compromise.
Over the years, working for lengths of time on films that sometimes bombed at the box office, Tolmach since has learned to be amenable to all the new content platforms, including streaming services.
Hickle was amenable to setting a 4 p.m. start time, particularly as the RMWD board is in the midst of filling a vacant seat.
One subtype of an arrhythmia may be more dangerous than another, one may be more amenable to ablation and so on.
Targeting defensive backs has been an emphasis in Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class and 3-star safety Dallas Craddieth has been an amenable recipient of that attention.
The climate is amenable to change; religions often find ways to revive themselves, and the spiritual vacuum in Ireland is real, waiting to be filled.
Almost every year, public-health advocates target states that seem particularly amenable to cigarette tax increases — where legislators face a revenue shortage or where polling shows growing support.
Moreover, bondholders from outside the United States would hardly be amenable to a settlement in which the cost of a haircut falls entirely on them, while American creditors are made whole.
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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.
Synonymswilling, disposed, fain, game, glad, inclined, minded, ready
Antonymsdisinclined, unamenable, unwilling
Related Wordspredisposed, prone; accommodating, agreeable, compliant, cooperative, obedient, obliging, submissive; favorable, receptive; prepared, prompt, quick, responsive, swift; desirous, eager, enthused, enthusiastic, excited
Near Antonymsaverse, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctant, reticent
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
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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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