Share this entry

answerable Line breaks: an¦swer|able
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːns(ə)rəb(ə)l/

Definition of answerable in English:


1 (answerable to) Required to explain or justify one’s actions to; responsible or having to report to: the Attorney General is answerable only to Parliament for his decisions
More example sentences
  • But if it has Security Council authority it must be answerable to the Security Council and obliged to report to it
  • They are exclusively answerable to Parliament and have to present an annual report on their activity.
  • Democracy might be a flawed process but it was better than handing over control to faceless big business who are not answerable to the voters.
1.1 (answerable for) Responsible for: an employer is answerable for the negligence of his employees
More example sentences
  • It is time to make it answerable for all its actions!
  • A government, a cabinet, has to reach collective decisions, and the person in charge - in this case the Prime Minister - must be answerable for those decisions.
  • A weblogger has an individuated track record, has ultimate responsibility for the final form of everything that appears in the main body of his site, and is individually answerable for it.
2(Of a question) able to be answered: straightforward and answerable questions
More example sentences
  • Question 8 stood alone as the only straightforward, answerable question on the entire ballot, and yet it too was fraught with complexities.
  • Science on the other hand normally sticks to the answerable questions, and can afford the luxury of insisting on truth and proof in its reporting.
  • It's an answerable question that no one has ever pressed seriously.

Definition of answerable in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈduːfʌs
a stupid person