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amenable

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

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

    Laws

    Plato

  • 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.

    Aztec Land

    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.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for amenable

amenable

adjective
  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

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

adj.

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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