Dictionary » A » Answerable

Answerable

Answerable

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. Had the valor of his soldiers been answerable, he had reached that year, as was thought, the utmost bounds of Britain. (Milton)


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,153 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link