from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Responsive to advice, authority, or suggestion; willing.
- adj. Responsible to higher authority; accountable: amenable to the law. See Synonyms at responsible.
- adj. Susceptible or open, as to testing or criticism: "The phenomenon of mind . . . is much more complex, though also more amenable to scientific investigation, than anyone suspected” ( Michael D. Lemonick).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Willing to respond to persuasion or suggestions.
- adj. Willing to comply with; agreeable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Easy to be led; governable, as a woman by her husband.
- adj. Liable to be brought to account or punishment; answerable; responsible; accountable.
- adj. Liable to punishment, a charge, a claim, etc.
- adj. Willing to yield or submit; responsive; tractable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Liable to make answer or defense; answerable; accountable; responsible: said of persons.
- Under subjection or subordination; liable or exposed, as to authority, control, claim, or application: said of persons or things: as, persons or offenses amenable to the law; amenable to criticism.
- Disposed or ready to answer, yield, or submit, as to influence or advice; submissive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. disposed or willing to comply
- adj. open to being acted upon in a certain way
- adj. liable to answer to a higher authority
- adj. readily reacting to suggestions and influences
Probably alteration of Middle English menable, from Old French, from mener, to lead, from Latin mināre, to drive, from minārī, to threaten, from minae, threats; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French as if *amenable, from amener ("to bring or lead, fetch in or to"), from a- + mener ("to lead, conduct"), from Late Latin minare ("to drive"), Latin deponent minari ("to threaten, menace"). (Wiktionary)