- The definition of amenable is someone who is agreeable or willing to be persuaded.
An example of someone who may be amenable is a newly hired intern who is eager to do a good job and be well-liked.
amenable definition by Webster's New World
- responsible or answerable
- able to be controlled or influenced; responsive; submissive: a person amenable to suggestion; an illness amenable to treatment
- that can be tested by (with to): amenable to the laws of physics
Origin: Anglo-French ; from Old French amener, to bring about, lead in ; from a-, to plush mener, to lead ; from Classical Latin minare, to drive (animals) ; from minari, to threaten: see menace
amenable definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Responsive to advice, authority, or suggestion; willing.
- Responsible to higher authority; accountable: amenable to the law. See Synonyms at responsible.
- 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).
Origin: 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.
- a·meˌna·bilˈi·ty, a·meˈna·ble·ness noun
- a·meˈna·bly adverb
amenable - Legal Definition
- Legally answerable; required to respond; responsible; subject to.
- Capable of being tested, adjudged, or brought to judgment.
- Susceptible to; disposed toward; capable of being persuaded.