Synonyms & Antonyms of amenable

1 having a desire or inclination (as for a specified course of action)
  • whatever you decide to do, I'm amenable—just let me know

Synonyms for amenable

Words Related to amenable

Near Antonyms for amenable

Antonyms for amenable

3 being the one who must meet an obligation or suffer the consequences for failing to do so
  • even our nation's highest leaders must remain amenable to the law

Synonyms for amenable

Words Related to amenable

Near Antonyms for amenable

Antonyms for amenable

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About amenable

How is the word amenable different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of amenable are docile, obedient, and tractable. While all these words mean "submissive to the will of another," 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

When is it sensible to use docile instead of amenable?

The words docile and amenable are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, docile implies a predisposition to submit readily to control or guidance.

a docile child

When might obedient be a better fit than amenable?

While in some cases nearly identical to amenable, obedient implies compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority.

obedient to the government

When could tractable be used to replace amenable?

While the synonyms tractable and amenable are close in meaning, tractable suggests having a character that permits easy handling or managing.

tractable animals

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about amenable

Time Traveler for amenable

Time Traveler

The first known use of amenable was in 1596

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about amenable

Statistics for amenable

Last Updated

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amenable.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on amenable

Dictionary: Definition of amenable

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with amenable

Spanish Central: Translation of amenable

Nglish: Translation of amenable for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of amenable for Arabic Speakers

Comments on amenable

What made you want to look up amenable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!