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[uh-mee-nuh-buhl, uh-men-uh-]
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  1. ready or willing to answer, act, agree, or yield; open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable; submissive; tractable: an amenable servant.
  2. liable to be called to account; answerable; legally responsible: You are amenable for this debt.
  3. capable of or agreeable to being tested, tried, analyzed, etc.
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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 formsa·me·na·bil·i·ty, a·me·na·ble·ness, nouna·me·na·bly, adverbnon·a·me·na·bil·i·ty, nounnon·a·me·na·ble, adjectivenon·a·me·na·ble·ness, nounnon·a·me·na·bly, adverbun·a·me·na·ble, adjectiveun·a·me·na·bly, adverb
Can be confusedamenable amendable emendable

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Related Words for amenability

amiability, compliance, obedience, tractability, acquiescence, agreeableness, deference, compliancy, cooperativeness

Examples from the Web for amenability

Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for amenability


  1. open or susceptible to suggestion; likely to listen, cooperate, etc
  2. accountable for behaviour to some authority; answerable
  3. capable of being or liable to be tested, judged, etc
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Derived Formsamenability or amenableness, nounamenably, adverb

Word Origin for amenable

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 amenability


1761; see amenable + -ity.

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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.

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