- 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 unamenable
Antonyms: unamenable, unaccountable, disobedient, insubmissive.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
Unamenable to influence, reflect their country, I suppose; but lovers of music.The Three Black Pennys
The women were proving so unamenable to his excellent reasoning.The Jervaise Comedy
J. D. Beresford
It belongs to some one else, and therefore is unamenable to discipline.The Crushed Flower and Other Stories
"Two days," replied Frieda sullenly, unamenable to sympathy which offered no immediate surcease of pain.Mrs. Balfame</p>
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
- 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 unamenable
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.