- 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 amenable
The politics look potentially most amenable in Pennsylvania, and even there a GOP legislature has to go along.Will GOP Govs Really Rescue Obamacare?
November 12, 2014
After all, plenty of folks would be amenable to, or perhaps even charmed by, the idea of an untraditional marriage.What Is ‘Natural Marriage?’
March 27, 2014
The question for Republicans is whether it plays in places where the public is amenable to something like the Medicaid expansion.Everything is Obamacare!
March 3, 2014
Despite his reputation as a ruthless practitioner of attrition warfare, Grant was amenable to Lee's request.David's Bookclub: Battle Cry of Freedom
May 23, 2013
The strategy will be to stimulate crises that will be amenable to resolution by the transfer of resources.Nice Little Peace Agreement You Have There
June 29, 2012
They will require a little wine, to mellow the austerity of age, and make them amenable to the laws.Laws
Philip, finding her so amenable, tried to discuss their future plans.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
They were amenable to no civil laws, and recognized none but those of the church.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
To what extent this fish is amenable to the influences of temperature is an unsolved problem.Tales of Fishes
Both these men were amenable to the influence of verbal suggestions.Victory
- 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 amenable
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.