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AME'NABLE, adjective

1. In old law, easy to be led; governable, as a woman by her husband. [This sense is obsolete.]

2. Liable to answer; responsible; answerable; liable to be called to account; as, every man is amenable to the laws.

We retain this idiom in the popular phrase, to bring in, to make answerable; as a man is brought in to pay the debt of another.