Definition of amenable in English:



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

    ‘parents who have amenable children’
    • ‘Supt Hussey had always been co-operative, diligent and amenable in his work, she said.’
    • ‘It has the reputation of being amenable and friendly.’
    • ‘It was hoped by employers that the new working class would be more docile and amenable than the old.’
    • ‘He has several ideas on making the city more amenable for pedal pushers.’
    • ‘They'll find me pretty amenable if we're winning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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 ladies have been very amenable so far, some of them spoke out at the meeting, stood up and identified themselves and asked questions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Therefore our interest in a publicly neutral chairperson is solely focused on creating the most amenable context for conducting the discussion.’
    • ‘And, sometimes, the one obstruction to an amenable compromise is yet another rule-book that someone somewhere imagined would be helpful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And, if the law needed to be changed, she believed Justice Minister Michael McDowell was amenable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has always been very amenable about having things done to him and he seems to know it is good for him.’
    • ‘Polls suggest that, in these increasingly health-obsessed and conformist times, public opinion might also now be amenable.’
    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. 1.1Capable of being acted upon in a particular way; susceptible.
      ‘cardiac failure not amenable to medical treatment’
      • ‘Her artistic vision and energy prove as amenable to canvas as they do to clay.’
      • ‘Nor is the exercise upon which the court is engaged amenable to such an answer.’
      • ‘For example, the vexed problem of alcohol abuse is argued by some to be amenable to outside intervention.’
      • ‘Very few web sites are not amenable to this way of thinking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are always amenable to trying out new songs or developing the programme to cater for more and more people.’
      • ‘When anger turns into rage, it is no longer amenable to reason and can easily erupt into violence.’
      • ‘One of them told her that she had even spoken to the woman about her, and that the woman was amenable to seeing her.’
      • ‘The reality is that for obvious reasons the continuing gangland carnage is not readily amenable to ordinary law.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It would have been constructive and amenable to police public relations.’
      • ‘It was clearly not reliable or repeatable and therefore not amenable to science and quickly discredited.’
      • ‘They are not amenable to the type of process we employ in the domestic law enforcement arena.’
      • ‘The hotel staff say that children are more amenable to new ideas and thus the game has more of an impact on them.’
      • ‘Because of this, he says the Department is hoping to ensure a system amenable to academic researchers.’
      • ‘And this may, in turn, make them far more amenable to compromise on postal voting and a new supreme court.’
      • ‘This may be in part because it is a younger art, and one more amenable to modern sensibilities.’
      • ‘However, he said it appeared that the Prison Service was amenable to the issues raised.’


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).