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[uh-mee-nuh-buh l, uh-men-uh-] /əˈmi nə bəl, əˈmɛn ə-/
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
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.
1. manageable, docile, easy. 3. open, subject.
1. stubborn, recalcitrant. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And then he was amenable to flattery, and few that are so are proof against the leading-strings of their flatterers.

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

    Laws Plato
  • If he thinks any one is going to be amenable to it, he talks to them quietly; if not, he only behaves affectionately to them.

    Three Dramas Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • Philip, finding her so amenable, tried to discuss their future plans.

  • Nurse was a foreigner, a Christian Liberian woman, who was not amenable to the interdict.

    Fetichism in West Africa Robert Hamill Nassau
British Dictionary definitions for amenable


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
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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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