Definition of answerable in English:


Syllabification: an·swer·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈansərəbəl


  • 1 [predic.] (answerable to) Required to explain or justify one’s actions to; responsible or having to report to: I’m not answerable to you for my every movement
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.

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