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answerable


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Answerable  \An"swer*a*ble\,  a. 
  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 
 
  5.  Equal;  equivalent;  adequate.  [Archaic] 
 
  Had  the  valor  of  his  soldiers  been  answerable,  he 
  had  reached  that  year,  as  was  thought,  the  utmost 
  bounds  of  Britain.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  answerable 
  adj  1:  liable  to  be  called  to  account;  "you  are  answerable  for  this 
  debt"  [syn:  {accountable}] 
  2:  possible  to  answer 
  3:  being  obliged  to  answer  to  an  authority  for  your  actions; 
  "governments  must  be  accountable  to  someone  beside 
  themselves";  "fully  accountable  for  what  they  did";  "the 
  court  held  the  parents  answerable  for  their  minor  child's 
  acts  of  vandalism";  "he  was  answerable  to  no  one"  [syn:  {accountable(p)}, 
  {answerable(p)}] 




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