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amenable

[uh-mee-nuh-buh l, uh-men-uh-] /əˈmi nə bəl, əˈmɛn ə-/
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.
Origin
1590-1600
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 forms
amenability, amenableness, noun
amenably, adverb
nonamenability, noun
nonamenable, adjective
nonamenableness, noun
nonamenably, adverb
unamenable, adjective
unamenably, adverb
Can be confused
amenable, amendable, emendable.
Synonyms
1. manageable, docile, easy. 3. open, subject.
Antonyms
1. stubborn, recalcitrant.
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British Dictionary definitions for amenability

amenable

/əˈmiːnəbəl/
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
Derived Forms
amenability, amenableness, noun
amenably, 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 amenability
n.

1761; see amenable + -ity.

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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