Definition of answerable in English:



  • 1answerable forRequired 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’
    • ‘Once bloggers started taking advertising money they suddenly became answerable to their advertisers.’
    • ‘They are exclusively answerable to Parliament and have to present an annual report on their activity.’
    • ‘Charles insisted that as God's direct representative on earth he was ultimately not answerable to any elected chamber devised by men.’
    • ‘Well the problem is that you have these international sporting federations that are answerable to no one.’
    • ‘Governments won't negotiate, but in most countries governments are answerable to their people.’
    • ‘Advertisers are answerable to the Advertising Standards Authority, and liquor ads face strong vetting.’
    • ‘They're public servants - and they're answerable to the British people.’
    • ‘The advantage being that the architect was independent and answerable to the end user meant that quality in design and construction was assured.’
    • ‘We've got the right policies on issues that affect local people, and we're not answerable to some fancy national headquarters.’
    • ‘But if it has Security Council authority it must be answerable to the Security Council and obliged to report to it’
    • ‘However, the bill does not require members to be representative of the local population or answerable to it.’
    • ‘The rail safety inspectorate, which is answerable to the Department of Transport, is now conducting an independent investigation.’
    • ‘The Cabinet would be responsible to the President, but answerable to Parliament.’
    • ‘But we are in danger of losing the principle, 300 years in the making, that law-makers should be answerable to the people.’
    • ‘Can I remind her and other members of the Council that they are elected to be responsible to the council tax payers of Bradford and are supposedly answerable to them.’
    • ‘The Chief Justice is not answerable to the Prime Minister nor any other politician or group of politicians, not even the Parliament.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A separate planned shake-up of Executive departments would aim to ensure that civil servants are only answerable to one minister.’
    • ‘The institution will be answerable to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy and will implement state policy on social assistance.’
    • ‘He said it was of great concern to him that unqualified practitioners in healthcare were not answerable to any regulatory authority.’
    subordinate to, junior to, inferior to, secondary to, subservient to, reporting to, answerable to, responsible to, subject to
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    1. 1.1answerable for Responsible for.
      ‘an employer is answerable for the negligence of his employees’
      • ‘Chief executives come and go, never staying long enough to be answerable for their actions.’
      • ‘In trials, booksellers and publishers were often answerable for the actions of servants, shop workers, and family members, implying that the Stationer held ultimate responsibility.’
      • ‘In March 1864, the captain had a notice placed in the local papers that he would not be answerable for any debt contracted by his crew.’
      • ‘Meanwhile it is not only competitors who are on the run, and not even the belated efforts to make coaches answerable for the cheating of their athletes.’
      • ‘Ultimately Governors decide whether matters will be referred to the police and social services and are answerable for discharging their duty of care.’
      • ‘Private bus operators are answerable for the loss to the State, students, unemployed and the daily wage earners.’
      • ‘Finally, individuals also benefit from the more recent development of environmental rights established by international law, or may be answerable for international crimes also newly defined by international law.’
      • ‘Because domestic controls could be deactivated, she believes the answer is to make internet service providers answerable for the access they allow.’
      • ‘The answer is they're not really part of the campaign, so no one knows who's answerable for those ads.’
      • ‘However, past experience has shown us that the standards board is nothing but a toothless watchdog which fails to make people answerable for their actions.’
      • ‘It is time to make it answerable for all its actions!’
      • ‘Now you could argue that a political leader is not responsible for all the hopes invested in him or her, any more than Brad Pitt or Madonna are answerable for the dreams of their fans.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To him it means being personally answerable for everything that happens in government (and dismissing whomever he can blame).’
      • ‘In theory, ministers decide and are answerable for policy.’
      • ‘If they decide to knock down perfectly decent houses, that's their decision - they have to be answerable for that.’
      • ‘It is not premised on any culpable act or omission on the part of the employer; an employer who is not personally at fault is made legally answerable for the fault of his employee.’
      • ‘Simply put, it means that you are answerable for your behavior, whether you are guiding a beginning student through initiation into Wicca, or performing a spiritual service for a complete stranger.’
      • ‘Mr Hawksworth argued that the conduct of the deputy headmaster was a perverted form of his duty of care towards the child, a flagrant breach of duty in a flagrant way and the Council was answerable for his conduct.’
  • 2(of a question) able to be answered.

    ‘straightforward and answerable questions’
    • ‘Judging by his alchemy and religious writings, which considerably outnumber those concerned with scientific matters, he clearly believed that some of these questions were answerable by other methods.’
    • ‘First, clinicians must convert their need for information in the clinical decision-making process into an answerable question.’
    • ‘These questions are all answerable, to a considerable degree, through research.’
    • ‘It's an answerable question that no one has ever pressed seriously.’
    • ‘If mediocre students pray for easily answerable question papers, the bright ones seek good memory power.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The original question posed in the title is not really answerable.’
    • ‘Question 8 stood alone as the only straightforward, answerable question on the entire ballot, and yet it too was fraught with complexities.’
    • ‘But that conjured up another question, which was not as answerable as the first.’
    • ‘That is a question that the president simply said is not answerable right now.’
    • ‘We stop asking answerable questions, and are left with the important ones; the ones we can't answer.’
    • ‘Obviously some questions may not yet be answerable with the evidence available.’
    • ‘The question is probably not answerable in any very specific way.’
    • ‘Instead I argued that such ultimate questions are not answerable, at least by anyone in our contemporary conversation.’
    • ‘Otherwise, it was a very answerable paper with a good choice of questions.’
    • ‘It's certainly a humbler and more answerable question.’
    • ‘If one is confronted by questions and doubts concerning our religious fundamentals, he should have faith that these questions are answerable.’
    • ‘These questions may never be fully answerable.’
    • ‘The second question is not quite so easily answerable.’
    • ‘One of the intriguing questions, only partly answerable at present, is why the birds migrate at all.’
    accountable, responsible, liable
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