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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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Examples from the Web for unamenable

Historical Examples

  • Antonyms: unamenable, unaccountable, disobedient, insubmissive.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • Unamenable to influence, reflect their country, I suppose; but lovers of music.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • The women were proving so unamenable to his excellent reasoning.

    The Jervaise Comedy

    J. D. Beresford

  • It belongs to some one else, and therefore is unamenable to discipline.

  • "Two days," replied Frieda sullenly, unamenable to sympathy which offered no immediate surcease of pain.

    Mrs. Balfame

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for unamenable


  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 unamenable



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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