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Dictionary Definition

answerable adj
1 possible to answer
2 morally or legally responsible to a higher authority; "parents are answerable for their child's acts"

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English

Pronunciation

  • (WEAE) /ˈæn.sɛɹ.ʌ.bl/

Adjective

  1. Obliged to answer; liable to be called to account; liable to pay, indemnify, or make good; accountable; amenable; responsible; as, an agent is answerable to his principal; to be answerable for a debt, or for damages.
    Will any man argue that . . . he can not be justly punished, but is answerable only to God? --Swift.
  2. Capable of being answered or refuted; admitting a satisfactory answer.
    The argument, though subtle, is yet answerable. --Johnson.
  3. Correspondent; conformable; hence, comparable.
    What wit and policy of man is answerable to their discreet and orderly course? --Holland.
    This revelation . . . was answerable to that of the apostle to the Thessalonians. --Milton.
  4. Proportionate; commensurate; suitable; as, an achievement answerable to the preparation for it.

Translations

obliged to answer; liable to be called to account; liable to pay, indemnify, or make good
capable of being answered or refuted; admitting a satisfactory answer
correspondent; conformable; hence, comparable
proportionate; commensurate; suitable
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