- 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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With an iron grip on his nerves, he forced himself to stand stock-still, then back—ever so amenably—off the trail.Unexplored!
- 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 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.