- subject to being called to account; responsible
- that can be answered or shown to be wrong: an answerable argument
- Archaic in proportion; corresponding
The definition of answerable refers to someone being responsible and accountable.
An example of someone who is answerable to someone else is a teacher who is accountable to her principal.
- Subject to being called to answer; accountable: answerable for one's actions; answerable to one's supervisor. See Synonyms at responsible.
- Capable of being answered or refuted: an answerable charge.
- Archaic Suitable; appropriate.
- an′swer·a·bil′i·ty an′swer·a·ble·ness
(comparative more answerable, superlative most answerable)
- Obliged to answer or be called to account (to somebody); accountable, responsible.
- Will any man argue that . . . he can not be justly punished, but is answerable only to God? --Swift.
- (archaic) Correspondent, in accordance; comparable (to).
- What wit and policy of man is answerable to their discreet and orderly course? --Holland.
- (now rare) Proportionate; commensurate in amount; suitable.
- (rare) Capable of being answered or refuted; admitting a satisfactory answer.
- The argument, though subtle, is yet answerable. --Johnson.
From answer + -able.
- The president of the republic is not answerable at law for his official acts.
- Europeans are answerable to the Italian civil code.
- During the earlier days of the republic the doge had been a prince elected by the people, and answerable only to the popular assemblies.
- The subjugation of the Saxons, who were divided into four main branches, was rendered more difficult by the absence of any common ruler, and of a central power answerable for the allegiance of the separate tribes.
- " Accidents " here mean ordinary accidents only, such as hail, lightning or frost, and the lessee will not be answerable for loss caused by extraordinary accidents such as war or floods, unless he has, been made liable for all accidents, foreseen or unforeseen (Art.