Definition of answerable in English:



  • 1answerable toRequired to explain or justify one's actions to; responsible or having to report to.

    ‘the Attorney General is answerable only to Parliament for his decisions’
    • ‘But if it has Security Council authority it must be answerable to the Security Council and obliged to report to it’
    • ‘They are exclusively answerable to Parliament and have to present an annual report on their activity.’
    • ‘Democracy might be a flawed process but it was better than handing over control to faceless big business who are not answerable to the voters.’
    • ‘However, the bill does not require members to be representative of the local population or answerable to it.’
    • ‘The Cabinet would be responsible to the President, but answerable to Parliament.’
    • ‘The Chief Justice is not answerable to the Prime Minister nor any other politician or group of politicians, not even the Parliament.’
    • ‘The institution will be answerable to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy and will implement state policy on social assistance.’
    • ‘But we are in danger of losing the principle, 300 years in the making, that law-makers should be answerable to the people.’
    • ‘Can I remind her and other members of the Council that they are elected to be responsible to the council tax payers of Bradford and are supposedly answerable to them.’
    • ‘Well the problem is that you have these international sporting federations that are answerable to no one.’
    • ‘The rail safety inspectorate, which is answerable to the Department of Transport, is now conducting an independent investigation.’
    • ‘Once bloggers started taking advertising money they suddenly became answerable to their advertisers.’
    • ‘He said it was of great concern to him that unqualified practitioners in healthcare were not answerable to any regulatory authority.’
    • ‘A separate planned shake-up of Executive departments would aim to ensure that civil servants are only answerable to one minister.’
    • ‘Advertisers are answerable to the Advertising Standards Authority, and liquor ads face strong vetting.’
    • ‘The advantage being that the architect was independent and answerable to the end user meant that quality in design and construction was assured.’
    • ‘Charles insisted that as God's direct representative on earth he was ultimately not answerable to any elected chamber devised by men.’
    • ‘We've got the right policies on issues that affect local people, and we're not answerable to some fancy national headquarters.’
    • ‘Governments won't negotiate, but in most countries governments are answerable to their people.’
    • ‘They're public servants - and they're answerable to the British people.’
    subordinate to, junior to, inferior to, secondary to, subservient to, reporting to, answerable to, responsible to, subject to
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    1. 1.1answerable forResponsible for.
      ‘an employer is answerable for the negligence of his employees’
      • ‘It is time to make it answerable for all its actions!’
      • ‘A government, a cabinet, has to reach collective decisions, and the person in charge - in this case the Prime Minister - must be answerable for those decisions.’
      • ‘A weblogger has an individuated track record, has ultimate responsibility for the final form of everything that appears in the main body of his site, and is individually answerable for it.’
      • ‘To him it means being personally answerable for everything that happens in government (and dismissing whomever he can blame).’
      • ‘Now you could argue that a political leader is not responsible for all the hopes invested in him or her, any more than Brad Pitt or Madonna are answerable for the dreams of their fans.’
      • ‘Because domestic controls could be deactivated, she believes the answer is to make internet service providers answerable for the access they allow.’
      • ‘However, past experience has shown us that the standards board is nothing but a toothless watchdog which fails to make people answerable for their actions.’
      • ‘Private bus operators are answerable for the loss to the State, students, unemployed and the daily wage earners.’
      • ‘Meanwhile it is not only competitors who are on the run, and not even the belated efforts to make coaches answerable for the cheating of their athletes.’
      • ‘The answer is they're not really part of the campaign, so no one knows who's answerable for those ads.’
      • ‘If they decide to knock down perfectly decent houses, that's their decision - they have to be answerable for that.’
      • ‘Chief executives come and go, never staying long enough to be answerable for their actions.’
      • ‘In trials, booksellers and publishers were often answerable for the actions of servants, shop workers, and family members, implying that the Stationer held ultimate responsibility.’
      • ‘Simply put, it means that you are answerable for your behavior, whether you are guiding a beginning student through initiation into Wicca, or performing a spiritual service for a complete stranger.’
      • ‘Finally, individuals also benefit from the more recent development of environmental rights established by international law, or may be answerable for international crimes also newly defined by international law.’
      • ‘In March 1864, the captain had a notice placed in the local papers that he would not be answerable for any debt contracted by his crew.’
      • ‘Ultimately Governors decide whether matters will be referred to the police and social services and are answerable for discharging their duty of care.’
      • ‘Mr Hawksworth argued that the conduct of the deputy headmaster was a perverted form of his duty of care towards the child, a flagrant breach of duty in a flagrant way and the Council was answerable for his conduct.’
      • ‘It is not premised on any culpable act or omission on the part of the employer; an employer who is not personally at fault is made legally answerable for the fault of his employee.’
      • ‘In theory, ministers decide and are answerable for policy.’
  • 2(of a question) able to be answered.

    ‘straightforward and answerable questions’
    • ‘Question 8 stood alone as the only straightforward, answerable question on the entire ballot, and yet it too was fraught with complexities.’
    • ‘Science on the other hand normally sticks to the answerable questions, and can afford the luxury of insisting on truth and proof in its reporting.’
    • ‘It's an answerable question that no one has ever pressed seriously.’
    • ‘If mediocre students pray for easily answerable question papers, the bright ones seek good memory power.’
    • ‘Judging by his alchemy and religious writings, which considerably outnumber those concerned with scientific matters, he clearly believed that some of these questions were answerable by other methods.’
    • ‘First, clinicians must convert their need for information in the clinical decision-making process into an answerable question.’
    • ‘If one is confronted by questions and doubts concerning our religious fundamentals, he should have faith that these questions are answerable.’
    • ‘It's certainly a humbler and more answerable question.’
    • ‘Instead I argued that such ultimate questions are not answerable, at least by anyone in our contemporary conversation.’
    • ‘We stop asking answerable questions, and are left with the important ones; the ones we can't answer.’
    • ‘One of the intriguing questions, only partly answerable at present, is why the birds migrate at all.’
    • ‘The question is probably not answerable in any very specific way.’
    • ‘These questions are all answerable, to a considerable degree, through research.’
    • ‘The second question is not quite so easily answerable.’
    • ‘That is a question that the president simply said is not answerable right now.’
    • ‘Otherwise, it was a very answerable paper with a good choice of questions.’
    • ‘These questions may never be fully answerable.’
    • ‘The original question posed in the title is not really answerable.’
    • ‘Obviously some questions may not yet be answerable with the evidence available.’
    • ‘But that conjured up another question, which was not as answerable as the first.’
    accountable, responsible, liable
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