an·​swer·​able | \ ˈan(t)-s(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce answerable (audio) \

Definition of answerable

1 : liable to be called to account : responsible The specialists who design the programs work for and are answerable to distant development agencies.— Samia Altaf The Fed's prestige is back up, and meanwhile we have a Congress that is elected and is answerable to the people …— Adam Smith
2 : capable of being answered or refuted There has been a controversy on the question of whether the species was genetically closer to the horse or to the zebra. This question may possibly be answerable now that DNA from the three species is available for comparison.— Harold M. Schmeck Jr. an answerable assertion
3 archaic : suitable, adequate
4 archaic : corresponding, similar

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answerability \ ˌan(t)-​s(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce answerable (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of answerable in a Sentence

a powerful businesswoman who seems to think that she's answerable to no one you are answerable for your own conduct at all times
Recent Examples on the Web One big-picture reason: Investors' growing climate concerns are keeping a lid on production growth at oil companies that are answerable to shareholders, Per Magnus Nysveen, head of analysis at Rystad Energy told me. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 15 Aug. 2021 Bitcoin, after all, is decentralized, and not answerable to any central plan or authority. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The unusual management of the immigration courts by the Justice Department means judges are ultimately hired by and answerable to the attorney general, who is the nation’s top prosecutor and a political appointee, usually with a policy agenda. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 2021 Several of the hopefuls have prominent backgrounds in the Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force answerable only to Khamenei. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, 15 May 2021 Those people will be answerable obviously to the voters at some point. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 26 Apr. 2021 Equivalent racing commissions in other states are often answerable to larger parent agencies. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2021 The investigation comes as Oportun seeks status as a national bank, answerable to one regulatory body and free from state interest rate caps. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Mar. 2021 That question is answerable, though—and understanding vaccines’ effect on transmission will help determine when things can go back to whatever our new normal looks like. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of answerable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Answerable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of answerable

: required to explain actions or decisions to someone
: responsible for something
: capable of being answered


an·​swer·​able | \ ˈan-sə-rə-bəl How to pronounce answerable (audio) \

Kids Definition of answerable

1 : responsible sense 1 You are answerable for your actions.
2 : possible to answer an answerable question

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