adjective Etymology: Anglo-French, from amener to bring, compel, from a- (from Latin ad-) + mener to lead, from Late Latin minare to drive, from Latin minari to threaten — more at mount Date: 1596 1. liable to be brought to account ; answerable <
citizens amenable to the law
2. a. capable of submission (as to judgment or test) ; suited <
the data is amenable to analysis
b. readily brought to yield, submit, or cooperate <
a government not amenable to change
c. willing 1 <
was amenable to spending more time at home
Synonyms: see responsible, obedientamenability nounamenably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Amenable — A*me na*ble, a. [F. amener to lead; ? (L. ad) = mener to lead, fr. L. minare to drive animals (properly by threatening cries), in LL. to lead; L. minari, to threaten, minae threats. See {Menace}.] 1. (Old Law) Easy to be led; governable, as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amenable — [ə mē′nə bəl, əmen′əbəl] adj. [Anglo Fr < OFr amener, to bring about, lead in < a , to + mener, to lead < L minare, to drive (animals) < minari, to threaten: see MENACE] 1. responsible or answerable 2. able to be controlled or… …   English World dictionary

  • amenable — (adj.) 1590s, liable, from Anglo Fr. amenable, M.Fr. amener answerable (to the law), from à to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + mener to lead, from L. minare to drive (cattle) with shouts, variant of minari threaten (see MENACE …   Etymology dictionary

  • amenable — [adj1] willing, cooperative acquiescent, agreeable, biddable, docile, influenceable, manageable, obedient, open, persuadable, pliable, responsive, susceptible, tractable; concept 404 Ant. intractable, nonconforming, uncooperative, unwilling… …   New thesaurus

  • amenable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) willing to respond to persuasion or suggestions. 2) (amenable to) capable of being acted on. DERIVATIVES amenability noun amenably adverb. ORIGIN from Old French amener bring to , from Latin minari threaten …   English terms dictionary

  • amenable — 1 answerable, liable, accountable, *responsible Analogous words: open, subject, *liable: *subordinate, dependent, subject Antonyms: independent (of): autonomous Contrasted words: autocratic, arbitrary, *absolute: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • amenable — a|me|na|ble [əˈmi:nəbəl US əˈmi:n əˈmen ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: amener to lead up , from mener to lead ] 1.) willing to accept what someone says or does without arguing ▪ She was always a very amenable child. amenable to ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • amenable — a|me|na|ble [ ə minəbl ] adjective 1. ) willing to do something or to agree with someone: He seemed perfectly amenable last night. amenable to: European leaders were more amenable to the idea. 2. ) amenable to capable of being treated or dealt… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • amenable — UK [əˈmiːnəb(ə)l] / US [əˈmɪnəb(ə)l] adjective 1) willing to do something or to agree with someone He seemed perfectly amenable last night. amenable to: European leaders were more amenable to the idea. 2) capable of being treated or dealt with in …   English dictionary

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