amenable[ə mē′nə bəl, -men′ə-]
- 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.
She appears to be an amenable person.
- 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 of amenableAnglo-French ; from Old French amener, to bring about, lead in ; from a-, to + mener, to lead ; from Classical Latin minare, to drive (animals) ; from minari, to threaten: see menace
- a. Willing to accept a suggestion or submit to authority: “a class that is all the more amenable to control for living perpetually under the threat of deportation” (Amitav Ghosh).b. Ready to consent; agreeable: Are you amenable to a change in schedule?
- 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 &ellipsis; is much more complex, though also more amenable to scientific investigation, than anyone suspected” (Michael D. Lemonick).
Origin of amenableProbably 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·me′na·bil′i·ty, a·me′na·ble·ness
(comparative more amenable, superlative most amenable)
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”).
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.