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Definition of ANSWERABLE

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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. [1913 Webster]

              Will any man argue that . . . he can not be justly punished, but is answerable only to God? --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     2. Capable of being answered or refuted; admitting a satisfactory answer. [1913 Webster]

              The argument, though subtle, is yet answerable.
                                                    --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

     3. Correspondent; conformable; hence, comparable. [1913 Webster]

              What wit and policy of man is answerable to their discreet and orderly course?          --Holland. [1913 Webster]

              This revelation . . . was answerable to that of the apostle to the Thessalonians.         --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. Proportionate; commensurate; suitable; as, an achievement answerable to the preparation for it. [1913 Webster]

     5. Equal; equivalent; adequate. [Archaic]
        [1913 Webster]

              Had the valor of his soldiers been answerable, he had reached that year, as was thought, the utmost bounds of Britain.                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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