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answerable

[an-ser-uh-buh l, ahn-] /ˈæn sər ə bəl, ˈɑn-/
adjective
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
1540-1550
1540-50; answer + -able
Related forms
answerability, answerableness, noun
answerably, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for answerableness

answerable

/ˈɑːnsərəbəl/
adjective
1.
(postpositive; foll by for or to) responsible or accountable answerable for someone's safety, answerable to one's boss
2.
able to be answered
Derived Forms
answerability, answerableness, noun
answerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for answerableness

answerable

adj.

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

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