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[an-ser-uh-buh l, ahn-] /ˈæn sər ə bəl, ˈɑn-/
liable to be asked to give account; responsible:
He is answerable to a committee for all his decisions.
capable of being answered:
a question answerable by mail.
proportionate; correlative (usually followed by to).
corresponding; suitable (usually followed by to):
The amount is not answerable to my needs.
Origin of answerable
1540-50; answer + -able
Related forms
answerability, answerableness, noun
answerably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for answerable
  • Being responsible and answerable for actions or inactions of self or others in the context of delegation.
  • The question, she says, is less answerable than endlessly discussable.
  • We need to come up with oversight that is not directly tied to the industry and answerable to the people.
  • They now belong to a different guild, are answerable to different requirements and have different objectives.
  • The program's director, answerable to this dean, is its only tenure-stream faculty.
  • Each flagship is independent and answerable to no one.
  • The true criterion for communicating a scientific concept must be answerable to questions of transparency and honesty.
  • These were not questions that cosmologists considered answerable.
  • He's not answerable to the irrational demands of an ideology he doesn't share.
  • The people's government made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.
British Dictionary definitions for answerable


(postpositive; foll by for or to) responsible or accountable: answerable for someone's safety, answerable to one's boss
able to be answered
Derived Forms
answerability, answerableness, noun
answerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for answerable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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