Definition of amenable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈmiːnəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmiːnəbl//
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  1. 1(of people) easy to control; willing to be influenced by somebody/something They had three very amenable children. The manager was very amenable: nothing was too much trouble. amenable to something He seemed most amenable to my idea. You should find him amenable to reasonable arguments.
  2. 2amenable to something (formal) that you can treat in a particular way ‘Hamlet’ is the least amenable of all Shakespeare's plays to being summarized.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (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’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: amenable