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- aunswerable (obsolete)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɑːnsəɹəb(ə)l/, /ˈɑːnsɹəb(ə)l/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈæn.səɹ.ə.bl/
- Required to justify one's actions (to somebody); accountable, responsible.
- (of a question) Able to be answered.
- 2013, Marc Moeller, Victor Moeller, Middle School English Teacher's Guide to Active Learning, page 67:
- Is my question answerable on basis of the reading alone or does it go outside the information given in the story?
- (archaic) Correspondent, in accordance; comparable (to).
- 1601, C[aius] Plinius Secundus [i.e., Pliny the Elder], “[Book XI.] chapter 5 “Of Bees,”.”, in Philemon Holland, transl., The Historie of the World. Commonly Called, The Naturall Historie of C. Plinius Secundus. […], (please specify |tome=1 or 2), London: […] Adam Islip, published 1635, →OCLC, page 312:
- What wit and policie of man is answerable to their discreet and orderly course?
- 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica; a Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England, London: [s.n.], →OCLC, page 11:
- To this revelation he assented the sooner, as he confesses, because it was answerable to that of the Apostle to the Thessalonians, Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.
- (now rare) Proportionate; commensurate in amount; suitable.
- c. 1590–1592 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene i]:
- […] at my farm
I have a hundred milch-kine to the pail,
Six score fat oxen standing in my stalls,
And all things answerable to this portion.
- c. 1590 (date written), G[eorge] P[eele], The Old Wiues Tale. […], London: […] Iohn Danter, for Raph Hancocke, and Iohn Hardie, […], published 1595, →OCLC:
- By my other wife I had a daughter, so hard favoured, so foule and ill faced, that I thinke a grove full of golden trees; and the leaves of Rubies and Dyamonds, would not bee a dowrie aunswerable to her deformitie.
- (rare, of an argument) Capable of being answered or refuted; admitting a satisfactory answer.
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
proportionate; commensurate; suitable