Answerable



liable to be asked to give account; responsible:
He is answerable to a committee for all his decisions.
capable of being :
a question answerable by mail.
proportionate; correlative (usually followed by to).
corresponding; suitable (usually followed by to):
The amount is not answerable to my needs.
Contemporary Examples

Choice B: New bankers appointed by and answerable to the president.
Nationalization Now Dylan Ratigan February 4, 2009

The unit was, according to Hughes, answerable to Adams, the Belfast commander.
Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust Ed Moloney April 30, 2014

The nature of the autocracy—that it was only answerable to itself—meant it could not draw its power from the people.
Kotkin Biography Reveals Stalin’s Evil Pragmatism William O’Connor November 29, 2014

And yet for an agency that supposedly is answerable to no one, its people sure do testify a lot before Congress.
‘Unaccountable’ CFPB Makes 14 Appearances Before Congress in a Year Gary Rivlin February 14, 2012

Historical Examples

Dexter (I tell you again) is answerable for the late Mrs. Eustace’s death.
The Law and the Lady Wilkie Collins

Your father takes it upon himself to be answerable for all consequences.
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson

My impatience was great to walk in the garden, to see if any thing had offered, answerable to my hopes.
Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded Samuel Richardson

“If my father has been guilty, that man is answerable for his guilt,” she thought perpetually.
Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon

They have either made Him answerable for it, or they have said that there is some creator besides Him.
The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice

For almost all faults of this kind the public are answerable, not the painter.
Modern Painters Volume I (of V) John Ruskin

adjective
(postpositive; foll by for or to) responsible or accountable: answerable for someone’s safety, answerable to one’s boss
able to be answered
adj.

“liable to be held responsible,” 1540s, from answer (v.) + -able. Less-common meaning “able to be answered” is from 1690s.

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