I. adjective 1. open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled • parents who have amenable children.
2. ( amenable to) — capable of being acted upon in a particular way; susceptible • cardiac failure not amenable to medical treatment.
II. derivatives 1. amenability /əmiːnəˈbɪlɪti / noun
2. amenably adverb
– origin late 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’).