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 woman by her husband. [Obs.] --Jacob. [1913 Webster]

2. Liable to be brought to account or punishment; answerable; responsible; accountable; as, amenable to law. [1913 Webster]

Nor is man too diminutive . . . to be amenable to the divine government. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. Liable to punishment, a charge, a claim, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. Willing to yield or submit; responsive; tractable. [1913 Webster]

Sterling . . . always was amenable enough to counsel. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

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  • amenable — ame·na·ble /ə mē nə bəl, me / adj 1: legally subject or answerable the corporation is not amenable to suit in New York 2 a: suited by nature an adult is not amenable to a juvenile treatment program b: readily yielding, submitting, or cooperating …   Law dictionary

  • 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

  • amenable — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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