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[uh-mee-nuh-buh l, uh-men-uh-] /əˈmi nə bəl, əˈmɛn ə-/
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
1590-1600; < Anglo-French, equivalent to Middle French amen(er) to lead to (a- a-5 + mener < Late Latin mināre for Latin minārī to drive) + -able -able
Related forms
amenability, amenableness, noun
amenably, adverb
nonamenability, noun
nonamenable, adjective
nonamenableness, noun
nonamenably, adverb
unamenable, adjective
unamenably, adverb
Can be confused
amenable, amendable, emendable.
1. manageable, docile, easy. 3. open, subject.
1. stubborn, recalcitrant. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unamenable
Historical Examples
  • 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 Joseph Hergesheimer
  • 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.

  • "Two days," replied Frieda sullenly, unamenable to sympathy which offered no immediate surcease of pain.

    Mrs. Balfame

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for unamenable


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
Derived Forms
amenability, amenableness, noun
amenably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French amener to lead up, from Latin mināre to drive (cattle), from minārī to threaten
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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