Synonyms and Antonyms of amenable

  1. 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 willing, disposed, fain, game, glad, inclined, minded, readyRelated Words predisposed, prone; accommodating, agreeable, compliant, cooperative, obedient, obliging, submissive; favorable, receptive; prepared, prompt, quick, responsive, swift; desirous, eager, enthused, enthusiastic, excitedNear Antonyms averse, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctant, reticentAntonyms disinclined, unamenable, unwilling

  2. 2 readily giving in to the command or authority of another our normally balky cat becomes the most amenable of creatures when confronted with the strange environment of the veterinary clinic Synonyms obedient, biddable, compliant, conformable, docile, law-abiding, submissive, tractableRelated Words acquiescent, agreeable, amiable, duteous, dutiful, obliging, placable; soft, surrendering, yielding; fawning, kowtowing, obeisant, obsequious, servile, slavish, subordinate, subservient; decorous, disciplined, mannerly, orderly; constrained, curbed, inhibited, repressed, restrained; controllable, disciplinable, governable, handleable, manageable, tame, teachable, tractable, trainable; gentle, meek, mildNear Antonyms insurgent, mutinous; dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, peevish, pigheaded, self-willed, stubborn, unyielding; uncontrollable, unmanageable, wild; balky, defiant, perverse, resistant; bad, disorderly, errant, misbehaving, mischievous, naughty; ill-bred, undisciplined; dissident, nonconformist; disrespectful, ill-mannered, impolite, impudent, insolent, rudeAntonyms balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, noncompliant, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, unamenable, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful)

  3. 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 accountable, responsible, answerable, liableRelated Words beholden, indebted, obligated, obligedNear Antonyms exempt, immuneAntonyms irresponsible, nonaccountable, unaccountable

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