[uh-mee-nuh-buhl, uh-men-uh-]


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 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

Synonyms for amenable

Antonyms for amenable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amenable

Contemporary Examples of amenable

  • The politics look potentially most amenable in Pennsylvania, and even there a GOP legislature has to go along.

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    Michael Tomasky

    November 12, 2014

  • After all, plenty of folks would be amenable to, or perhaps even charmed by, the idea of an untraditional marriage.

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    March 27, 2014

  • The question for Republicans is whether it plays in places where the public is amenable to something like the Medicaid expansion.

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    March 3, 2014

  • Despite his reputation as a ruthless practitioner of attrition warfare, Grant was amenable to Lee's request.

  • The strategy will be to stimulate crises that will be amenable to resolution by the transfer of resources.

Historical Examples of amenable

  • They will require a little wine, to mellow the austerity of age, and make them amenable to the laws.



  • Philip, finding her so amenable, tried to discuss their future plans.

  • They were amenable to no civil laws, and recognized none but those of the church.

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    Maturin M. Ballou

  • To what extent this fish is amenable to the influences of temperature is an unsolved problem.

  • Both these men were amenable to the influence of verbal suggestions.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for amenable



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 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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper