Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Willing to accept a suggestion or submit to authority.
  • adjective Ready to consent; agreeable.
  • adjective Responsible to higher authority; accountable: synonym: responsible.
  • adjective Susceptible or open, as to testing or criticism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Old Law), obsolete Easy to be led; governable, as a woman by her husband.
  • adjective Liable to be brought to account or punishment; answerable; responsible; accountable.
  • adjective Liable to punishment, a charge, a claim, etc.
  • adjective Willing to yield or submit; responsive; tractable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Willing to respond to persuasion or suggestions.
  • adjective Willing to comply with; agreeable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective disposed or willing to comply
  • adjective open to being acted upon in a certain way
  • adjective liable to answer to a higher authority
  • adjective readily reacting to suggestions and influences

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

  • Even in straight achievement terms amenable to current games, imagine for example a paladin who gained bonuses for things like making a personal sacrifice for weaker members of a party your paladin receives buffs when rezzing if by your death the mob was killed while other party members who had sustained over 50% damage did not die.

    February 2006

  • Even in straight achievement terms amenable to current games, imagine for example a paladin who gained bonuses for things like making a personal sacrifice for weaker members of a party your paladin receives buffs when rezzing if by your death the mob was killed while other party members who had sustained over 50% damage did not die.

    Religion in MMOGs

  • And the White House has always believed that that would eventually occur, and occur more or less on terms amenable to both sides.

    CNN Transcript Jul 5, 2001

  • Magistrates hold their offices as trustees for the people, and they are amenable, that is, answerable, to the people.

    Civil Government of Virginia

  • · The US ranks last in the industrialized world on rates of "mortality amenable to health care" -- that is, the nation's care system often fails to manage those conditions that we know how to prevent or treat ( "amenable" conditions), resulting in premature death and suffering.

    Joe McCannon and Maureen Bisognano: The American Health Care System Is in Pieces -- But Some of the Pieces Are Doing Remarkably Well

  • One cabinet minister even suggested having Israel appoint "amenable" Palestinian governors in each West Bank town, a program that failed miserably in the 1970s.

    The Bad Old Days Are Back

  • Now that Sandals has shown he'll flip flop, and since we already know he takes PAC money, that makes him appear much more likely to be "amenable" and owing to the NOW PAC.

    Printing: N.O.W. Blows it AGAIN on PA Senate Race

  • Now that Sandals has shown he'll flip flop, and since we already know he takes PAC money, that makes him appear much more likely to be "amenable" and owing to the NOW PAC.

    N.O.W. Blows it AGAIN on PA Senate Race

  • Now that Sandals has shown he'll flip flop, and since we already know he takes PAC money, that makes him appear much more likely to be "amenable" and owing to the NOW PAC.

    N.O.W. Blows it AGAIN on PA Senate Race

  • Why can't I be 'amenable' and become a future duchess, and 'build up' the fortunes of a great family?

    God's Good Man

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  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand meaning "will make no agreement". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 19, 2013

  • Even though she did not like the outdoors, Shirley was generally amenable and so her brother was able to persuade her to go camping

    October 1, 2016