[an-ser-uh-buh l, ahn-]
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  1. liable to be asked to give account; responsible: He is answerable to a committee for all his decisions.
  2. capable of being answered: a question answerable by mail.
  3. proportionate; correlative (usually followed by to).
  4. corresponding; suitable (usually followed by to): The amount is not answerable to my needs.

Origin of answerable

First recorded in 1540–50; answer + -able
Related formsan·swer·a·bil·i·ty, an·swer·a·ble·ness, nounan·swer·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for answerability


  1. (postpositive; foll by for or to) responsible or accountableanswerable for someone's safety; answerable to one's boss
  2. able to be answered
Derived Formsanswerability or answerableness, nounanswerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for answerability



"liable to be held responsible," 1540s, from answer (v.) + -able. Less-common meaning "able to be answered" is from 1690s.

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