answerable

adjective
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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Other Words from answerable

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

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The stated premise is to build a school culture in which everybody is answerable to everyone else. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "‘Up there to humiliate:’ Seattle school’s detention list sparks debate about shaming," 30 Mar. 2019 The brigade received counter-insurgency training by North Korean advisers and was known as the elite praetorian guard of Mugabe, directly answerable to his office. Bram Janssen And Andrew Meldrum, Fox News, "Zimbabwe's Matabeleland massacre haunts Monday's elections," 28 July 2018 The quarrel with Becket, formerly Henry’s chancellor and close associate, broke out when Henry tried to make men in clerical orders answerable to his courts. Allan Massie, WSJ, "‘The Restless Kings’ Review: A Family at War With Itself," 11 Jan. 2019 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 Guard, a paramilitary force answerable only to Khamenei, has sole control over Iran's ballistic missile program. Nasser Karimi, Fox News, "Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia," 25 Sep. 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 Guard, a paramilitary force answerable only to Khamenei, has sole control over Iran’s ballistic missile program. Nasser Karimi, The Seattle Times, "Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia," 25 Sep. 2018 This man has done nothing to create confidence that wrongdoers will be accountable, answerable. Fox News, "Netanyahu on Israel's relationship with the Arab world," 20 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

adjective

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 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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