Amenability



ready or willing to answer, act, agree, or yield; open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable; submissive; tractable:
an amenable servant.
liable to be called to account; answerable; legally responsible:
You are amenable for this debt.
capable of or agreeable to being tested, tried, analyzed, etc.
Historical Examples

The chimpanzee differs from the gorilla in his amenability to civilisation.
Natural History in Anecdote Various

Sulkiness at being thus thwarted replaced her earlier attempt at amenability.
Marjorie Dean College Junior Pauline Lester

The great issue was the amenability of the clergy to the civil tribunals.
The South American Republics, Part II (of 2) Thomas C. Dawson

Until the clansmen had opened and aired the festering sores of their grievances there lay in them no hope of amenability.
The Tempering Charles Neville Buck

Because of his amenability the Alimentive can marry almost any type and be happy.
How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

Slowly Tom rose and went, prodded into amenability by the muzzle of a rifle in the small of his back.
When ‘Bear Cat’ Went Dry Charles Neville Buck

adjective
open or susceptible to suggestion; likely to listen, cooperate, etc
accountable for behaviour to some authority; answerable
capable of being or liable to be tested, judged, etc
n.

1761; see amenable + -ity.
adj.

1590s, “liable,” from Anglo-French amenable, Middle French amener “answerable” (to the law), from à “to” (see ad-) + mener “to lead,” from Latin minare “to drive (cattle) with shouts,” variant of minari “threaten” (see menace (n.)). Sense of “tractable” is from 1803, from notion of disposed to answer or submit to influence. Related: Amenably.

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