Definition of amenable in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈmiːnəb(ə)l


1Open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled: parents who have amenable children
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  • It was hoped by employers that the new working class would be more docile and amenable than the old.
  • The company must negotiate the planning departments of many UK local councils, and Howes diplomatically suggests that some are more amenable than others.
  • What is not to be regretted is the passing of the typewriter: it was the least amenable tool, requiring such a tedious process to make corrections that it encouraged writers to leave imperfect work unamended.
1.1 (amenable to) Capable of being acted upon in a particular way; susceptible: cardiac failure not amenable to medical treatment
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  • Nor is the exercise upon which the court is engaged amenable to such an answer.
  • The reality is that for obvious reasons the continuing gangland carnage is not readily amenable to ordinary law.
  • It was clearly not reliable or repeatable and therefore not amenable to science and quickly discredited.
susceptible, receptive, responsive, reactive, vulnerable;
defenceless against


late 16th century (in the sense 'liable to answer to a law or tribunal'): an Anglo-Norman French legal term, from Old French amener 'bring to' from a- (from Latin ad) 'to' + mener 'bring' (from late Latin minare 'drive animals', from Latin minari 'threaten').



Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
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  • It was this Jesuit amenability to incorporating pre-existing non-Christian beliefs and practises in their efforts at conversion that was causing Rome in this same period to censure the order in India and China.
  • Instead, it is employed as a resource for stabilizing defendants, particularly during the early phases of treatment, and for increasing amenability to treatment.
  • These are interesting because of their low prices, and their amenability to living in your home entertainment center.


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  • Both are amenably superfluous; neither will replace Bernard Taper's standard biography, or even Richard Buckle's later book, and neither seems to want to.
  • His blandness makes him an amenably malleable subject for a novelist, and Sten Nadolny has taken full advantage of this licence.
  • I froze in horror as I saw that Gabriel had already found my grandparents, and was sitting with them, chatting amenably.

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