- ready or willing to answer, act, agree, or yield; open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable; submissive; tractable: an amenable servant.
- liable to be called to account; answerable; legally responsible: You are amenable for this debt.
- capable of or agreeable to being tested, tried, analyzed, etc.
Origin of amenable
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Examples from the Web for amenability
The chimpanzee differs from the gorilla in his amenability to civilisation.Natural History in Anecdote
Slowly Tom rose and went, prodded into amenability by the muzzle of a rifle in the small of his back.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry
Charles Neville Buck
The great issue was the amenability of the clergy to the civil tribunals.The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)
Thomas C. Dawson
Because of his amenability the Alimentive can marry almost any type and be happy.How to Analyze People on Sight
Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Sulkiness at being thus thwarted replaced her earlier attempt at amenability.Marjorie Dean College Junior
- open or susceptible to suggestion; likely to listen, cooperate, etc
- accountable for behaviour to some authority; answerable
- capable of being or liable to be tested, judged, etc
Word Origin and History for amenability
1590s, "liable," from Anglo-French amenable, Middle French amener "answerable" (to the law), from à "to" (see ad-) + mener "to lead," from Latin minare "to drive (cattle) with shouts," variant of minari "threaten" (see menace (n.)). Sense of "tractable" is from 1803, from notion of disposed to answer or submit to influence. Related: Amenably.