Definition of amenable in English:



  • 1Open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled.

    ‘parents who have amenable children’
    • ‘Therefore our interest in a publicly neutral chairperson is solely focused on creating the most amenable context for conducting the discussion.’
    • ‘And he came at that time to provide the assistance that I was telling you about before, and at that time he was quite an amenable fellow.’
    • ‘He has always been very amenable about having things done to him and he seems to know it is good for him.’
    • ‘A more amenable strategy, I believe, is to accept that ‘believing is belonging’ and to be more inclusive rather than exclusive in our approach.’
    • ‘The forcefulness of his stand-up comedy and righteousness of his political writing make it easy to forget that the fortysomething father of two is a good-natured, funny and amenable bloke.’
    • ‘For me, the great appeal to doing an album was that the medium is amenable - you can actually do it yourself.’
    • ‘They'll find me pretty amenable if we're winning.’
    • ‘And, if the law needed to be changed, she believed Justice Minister Michael McDowell was amenable.’
    • ‘Supt Hussey had always been co-operative, diligent and amenable in his work, she said.’
    • ‘Polls suggest that, in these increasingly health-obsessed and conformist times, public opinion might also now be amenable.’
    • ‘He has several ideas on making the city more amenable for pedal pushers.’
    • ‘Visibly thrilled over his visit, Sreejaya says that contrary to apprehension that he would be cold and remote, the Prince came across as a very amenable and caring person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not that that will worry the 26-year-old Swede, who, despite a speech disability, is as amenable and communicative as Webb is often abrasive.’
    • ‘The cry to abolish intoxicating liquors increased within the amenable audience of hard-working farmers that were money conscious and trying to make it in a new world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has the reputation of being amenable and friendly.’
    • ‘The ladies have been very amenable so far, some of them spoke out at the meeting, stood up and identified themselves and asked questions.’
    • ‘And, sometimes, the one obstruction to an amenable compromise is yet another rule-book that someone somewhere imagined would be helpful.’
    compliant, acquiescent, biddable, manageable, controllable, governable, persuadable, tractable, responsive, pliant, flexible, malleable, complaisant, accommodating, docile, submissive, obedient, tame, meek, easily handled
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    1. 1.1amenable to Capable of being acted upon in a particular way; susceptible.
      ‘cardiac failure not amenable to medical treatment’
      • ‘They are not amenable to the type of process we employ in the domestic law enforcement arena.’
      • ‘However, he said it appeared that the Prison Service was amenable to the issues raised.’
      • ‘They are very amenable to this sort of treatment and the resulting new growth can be clipped into simple egg shapes or cubes, for example.’
      • ‘When anger turns into rage, it is no longer amenable to reason and can easily erupt into violence.’
      • ‘Her artistic vision and energy prove as amenable to canvas as they do to clay.’
      • ‘We are always amenable to trying out new songs or developing the programme to cater for more and more people.’
      • ‘The reality is that for obvious reasons the continuing gangland carnage is not readily amenable to ordinary law.’
      • ‘Beech is usually quite amenable to hard cutting back, as long as it gets plenty of light it will quickly sprout new shoots from the older wood.’
      • ‘The hotel staff say that children are more amenable to new ideas and thus the game has more of an impact on them.’
      • ‘For example, the vexed problem of alcohol abuse is argued by some to be amenable to outside intervention.’
      • ‘This may be in part because it is a younger art, and one more amenable to modern sensibilities.’
      • ‘Lots more people would hear what you had to say if you'd just be amenable to how we'd like to read your sites.’
      • ‘Because of this, he says the Department is hoping to ensure a system amenable to academic researchers.’
      • ‘One of them told her that she had even spoken to the woman about her, and that the woman was amenable to seeing her.’
      • ‘Very few web sites are not amenable to this way of thinking.’
      • ‘He's leaving some time next year and he will be replaced by a board which you can bet your bottom dollar will be more amenable to the government.’
      • ‘And this may, in turn, make them far more amenable to compromise on postal voting and a new supreme court.’
      • ‘It was clearly not reliable or repeatable and therefore not amenable to science and quickly discredited.’
      • ‘Nor is the exercise upon which the court is engaged amenable to such an answer.’
      • ‘It would have been constructive and amenable to police public relations.’
      susceptible, receptive, responsive, reactive, vulnerable
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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’).