V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. willing to comply or cooperate; 2. liable to answer to an authority; 3. likely to be judged or tested

Synonyms: responsible, obedient, adaptable, obliging, complaisant, acquiescent, responsive, willing, agreeable, cooperative, answerable, liable, bound, subject

Antonyms: recalcitrant, inflexible, autonomous

Tips: Amenable is derived from the French amener, "to lead." An amenable person is willing to be led to something either because he or she is agreeable or because of obligation. In business, amenable is often used as a more sophisticated way of saying agreeable: "He is amenable (agreeable, understanding) to the idea."

Usage Examples:

Sue was amenable to Jane's suggestion, but Anne resisted the idea. (responsive, agreeable)

Bill was amenable to staying at home with the kids, as the arrangement would give him more time to work on his novel. (acquiescent, agreeable)

The people from the publishing division are an amenable lot, willing to be flexible in their service to the company as a whole. (cooperative, obliging, complaisant)

I wish I could work for myself, but for the time being, I'm amenable to my boss and my company. (answerable, subject, bound)

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