Answerable An"swer*a*ble, a. 1. Obliged to answer; liable to be called to account; liable to pay, indemnify, or make good; accountable; amenable; responsible; as, an agent is answerable to his principal; to be answerable for a debt, or for damages. [1913 Webster]

Will any man argue that . . . he can not be justly punished, but is answerable only to God? --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. Capable of being answered or refuted; admitting a satisfactory answer. [1913 Webster]

The argument, though subtle, is yet answerable. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

3. Correspondent; conformable; hence, comparable. [1913 Webster]

What wit and policy of man is answerable to their discreet and orderly course? --Holland. [1913 Webster]

This revelation . . . was answerable to that of the apostle to the Thessalonians. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Proportionate; commensurate; suitable; as, an achievement answerable to the preparation for it. [1913 Webster]

5. Equal; equivalent; adequate. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Had the valor of his soldiers been answerable, he had reached that year, as was thought, the utmost bounds of Britain. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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