• WordNet 3.6
    • adj answerable morally or legally responsible to a higher authority "parents are answerable for their child's acts"
    • adj answerable capable of being answered
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 30% of American admit to talking to their dogs or leaving messages on their answering machines for their dogs while they are away
    • Answerable Capable of being answered or refuted; admitting a satisfactory answer. "The argument, though subtle, is yet answerable ."
    • Answerable Correspondent; conformable; hence, comparable. "What wit and policy of man is answerable to their discreet and orderly course?""This revelation . . . was answerable to that of the apostle to the Thessalonians."
    • Answerable Equal; equivalent; adequate. "Had the valor of his soldiers been answerable , he had reached that year, as was thought, the utmost bounds of Britain."
    • Answerable 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?"
    • Answerable Proportionate; commensurate; suitable; as, an achievement answerable to the preparation for it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you take any number, double it, add 10, divide by 2, and subtract your original number, the answer will always be 5.
    • answerable Capable of being answered; admitting of a satisfactory reply.
    • answerable Liable to give an account or to be called to account; responsible; amenable: as, an agent is answerable to his principal.
    • answerable Correspondent; similar; agreeing; in conformity; suitable; proportionate; correlative; equal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: What word can you take the first letter of, put it as the last letter, and make it the past tence of the original word? Answer: Eat (ate)
    • adj Answerable able to be answered: accountable: suitable: equivalent: proportional (with to)
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  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “No answer is also an answer.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    “Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “Obviously, the answer to oil spills is to paper-train the tankers.”
  • Lester Bangs
    Lester Bangs
    “The only questions worth asking today are whether humans are going to have any emotions tomorrow, and what the quality of life will be if the answer is no.”
  • Andre Breton
    “No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.”
  • Gertrude Stein
    “What is the answer? [Silence] In that case, what is the question?”


Answers on a postcard - This idiom can be used to suggest that the answer to something is very obvious or that the person would really like to hear what people think.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. andswar-ianandswaru; and-, against, swerian, to swear.


In literature:

Mr. Low was not quick to answer, but he did answer at last.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
By three distinct knocks from without, answered by the same from within.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
I forgot to answer that question when I answered the letter.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Any questions proper to be answered will be answered below.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Let us have an answer as soon as possible.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Norton looked genuinely uncomfortable, and, probably in consequence, he answered her with a gruffness that sounded brutal.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The objections of this class, which my opponent failed to answer, or answered unsatisfactorily, we may notice further on.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Your answer, however, is no answer at all.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
He was evidently answering an inquiry about the Marchesa just as he heard her step.
"The White Sister" by F. Marion Crawford
Nor did he answer the question, although it was answered in a fashion by General Feversham.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
Any one who knew Stephen could have prophesied what his answer would be.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
An owl's deep cry boomed from the woods and a solitary wolf answered in the distance.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The press groaned with the efforts of their learning and resentment, and every essay was answered by their opponents.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
And she, as if hypnotized, must answer at length.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
When the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost with a flow that never ceases, it was in answer to prayer.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
But he delayed only a minute or so in answering.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
The answer came back that Mrs. Luttrell would see him in the study.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Without Answers .35 American Comprehensive Arithmetic.
"Complete Classified Price List of School and College Textbooks" by Anonymous
He need not answer; he must not take any trouble about the matter.
"Cecilia" by F. Marion Crawford
Don't you hear it going on, question and answer, question and answer, all the time our tongues are talking?
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown

In poetry:

He spak a word in jest;
Her answer was na good;
He threw a plate at her face,
Made it a' gush out o' blood.
"The Laird Of Waristoun" by Andrew Lang
A puppet could be made
To answer in all points your praise of him.
Hath he no substance as of a man?
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
And far among the glaciers
Were answering voices found,
As the thunder-blast of Freedom
Reverberated round.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
This I answer without trouble
And am qualified to know:
I am single, I am double,
And my poems tell you so.
"Ginkgo Biloba " by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Over the awful ocean
Her signal guns pealed out.
Dear God! was that Thy answer
From the horror round about?
"The Three Bells" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O Thou who gave the gift,
Who took the gift away,
Who only can heal up the wound,
Give answer while I pray!
"A Mother's Lament For An Only One" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

You emailed us and as promised, we answered.
Here's a preemptive effort to answer some of those questions.
Here's a pre-emptive effort to answer some of those questions.
Roger is still dedicated to answering all of your bird questions and just call to share your bird sightings.
Get your bird questions answered or share a bird story with Roger Taylor every Saturday at 8:10 am.
Heated moments in Kettlemen City as residents demanded answers from state leaders.
The answer turns out to be yes.
Instead of answering questions about her past, the woman quoted scripture.
Rick Perry answers questions during a campaign stop at the Glenn Miller Museum in Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 27, 2011.
Residents in blast-shaken subdivision want answers.
Math Blaster 's updated graphics give real energy and excitement to math drills, as players guide the hero to the right answers while avoiding perils.
Todays featured Bury The Silence, they answered a few questions for me below.
The answer is likely to come in the form of an announcement (possibly tomorrow, after the meeting if the bank's board) of how the ECB intends to deal with its holdings of Greek government debt.
At 14, a CU prodigy can answer a world of questions, but not this one: Who is my father.
All answers are provided by the featured player.

In science:

Deciding whether M is not an answer set of P thus is in NP; consequently, deciding whether M is an answer set of P is in co-NP.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
The DLV core then produces answer sets one at a time, and each time an answer set is found, the “Filtering ” module is invoked, which performs po st-processing (dependent on the active front-ends) and controls continuation or abortion of the computation.
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
In an experimental randomized response design [Edgell, Himmelfarb and Duncan (1982)] with the outcomes of the randomizing device fixed in advance, about 25% of the respondents answers no to a question about having had homosexual experiences, while according to the design these respondents should have answered yes.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
Before answering the question the respondent throws two virtual dice, and is instructed to answer yes if the sum of the dice is 2, 3 or 4, and to answer no if the sum of the dice is 11 or 12.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
The variable understanding (mean = 4.2, sd = 0.85) assesses on a 5-point scale to what extent the respondent feels that he understood when to answer yes and when to answer no to a forced response question.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
This notion is very important when trying to answer the natural question: can oscillations of ζ (x) be a source for particle creation? The answer is - no, it cannot.
Transition to Zero Cosmological Constant and Phantom Dark Energy as Solutions Involving Change of Orientation of Space-Time Manifold
In this note we investigate how the answer to this question for certain simple highest weight g-modules relates to the answer for modules of semi-simple subalgebras of g.
Kostant's problem and parabolic subgroups
We expected that Theorem 1.1 would answer many of these 11 unknown cases, but it actually turned out to answer only two.
Kostant's problem and parabolic subgroups
Such studies are necessarily confined to matrices of small dimensions N . A generic answer (valid for any N ) can only be obtained analytically. A renewed attempt at such an answer was made in Papenbrock et al. (2006).
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
If the shapes of the answers for the usual cohomology and divided power one do not differ, we only give the answer for the usual one. 4.1.
Infinitesimal deformations of symmetric simple modular Lie algebras and Lie superalgebras
Rapinchuk could answer this question in the affirmative provided that Question 1.1 has a positive answer for G = SL1,D .
On finite and elementary generation of SL_2(R)
On the other hand, if the answer is ‘no’, then the algorithm must declare invalid any purported proof that the answer is ‘yes’.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
Theorem 14 does not imply a negative answer for the previous question; in fact, Corollary 25 shows that the answer is affirmative.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
In [Pra90] the O’Nan-Scott Theorem is used to investigate the general qualitative \inclusion problem": is a primitive group subgroup of another? The answer is given up to permutational isomorphism, that is, the answer is \yes" whenever the flrst is permutationally isomorphic to a subgroup of the other.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
We need to show that for any loser t, if we decrease its probability, no top-k candidate answer set Bt containing t will be a new top-k answer set under the U-Topk semantics.
Semantics and Evaluation of Top-k Queries in Probabilistic Databases