answerable

adjective
an·​swer·​able | \ˈan(t)-s(ə-)rə-bəl \

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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Other Words from answerable

answerability \ ˌan(t)-​s(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ 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

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a powerful businesswoman who seems to think that she's answerable to no one you are answerable for your own conduct at all times

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The Fed is answerable to Congress, with the chair obliged to testify twice a year and deliver a report on monetary policy, but has been granted independence to pursue its dual mandate for maximum employment and stable prices. Alister Bull, BostonGlobe.com, "Kudlow bucks tradition in urging Fed to hike rates ‘very slowly’," 3 July 2018 The Fed is answerable to Congress, with the chair obliged to testify twice a year and deliver a report on monetary policy, but has been granted independence to pursue its dual mandate for maximum employment and stable prices. Alister Bull, BostonGlobe.com, "Kudlow bucks tradition in urging Fed to hike rates ‘very slowly’," 3 July 2018 The Fed is answerable to Congress, with the chair obliged to testify twice a year and deliver a report on monetary policy, but has been granted independence to pursue its dual mandate for maximum employment and stable prices. Alister Bull, chicagotribune.com, "Trump economic adviser Kudlow bucks tradition in urging Fed to hike rates 'very slowly'," 29 June 2018 Currently, districts for Congress and the state Legislature are drawn every 10 years by a six-member commission answerable only to the courts. Kimberlee Kruesi, idahostatesman, "GOP wants to unbalance Idaho's independent redistricting commission," 28 June 2018 The Revolutionary Guard was created after the Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to protect the ruling clerical establishment and answerable to the country’s most powerful man, the supreme leader. NBC News, "Pompeo's Iran sanctions vow deserves a 'punch,' Revolutionary Guard commander says," 22 May 2018 The fourth charter change ordinance would call an election to amend the charter to make the human resources director answerable to the mayor. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Tweak to term limit laws to be discussed by Mandeville council," 18 May 2018 Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a hard-line paramilitary force answerable only to Khamenei, controls those ballistic missiles, which can reach Israel. Washington Post, "AP Analysis: Iran has few options to avenge Syria strikes," 1 May 2018 Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a hard-line paramilitary force answerable only to Khamenei, controls those ballistic missiles, which can reach Israel. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "AP Analysis: Iran has few options to avenge Syria strikes," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of answerable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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answerable

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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

answerable

adjective
an·​swer·​able | \ˈan-sə-rə-bəl \

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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