I rather like the phrase "amenable to suggestion"

You can attach it to things easily:

My political views, amenable to suggestion, ...

But I'm afraid it may be redundant. According to this definition:

(of a person) open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled.

(of a thing) capable of being acted upon in a particular way; susceptible to.

I think it should be fine because "amenable" only involves suggestion when describing people. But according to this definition:

open or susceptible to suggestion; likely to listen, cooperate, etc.

it does involve suggestion.

In a formal context is "amenable to suggestion" too redundant? Is it redundant at all?

Thanks in advance!

  • I do not think it redundant. – Jim Dec 27 '16 at 1:51
  • Being amenable just means being open. Is open to suggestion redundant? No. See @sevensideddie's answer: one is generally not just amenable; one is amenable to something. – Drew Dec 27 '16 at 2:38

Oxford Dictionaries:

amenable: Open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled: ‘parents who have amenable children’

More example sentences

‘Therefore our interest in a publicly neutral chairperson is solely focused on creating the most amenable context for conducting the discussion.’

‘Supt Hussey had always been co-operative, diligent and amenable in his work, she said.

Plus many more.

"Amenable to suggestion" is redundant based on the "suggestion" part of the definition above.

In addition to being redundant, your example indicates that your views are amenable. You can be amenable, i.e., open and responsive to suggestion, with regard to your political views; your political views themselves cannot.


Even regarding a person, amenable isn't unambiguous and benefits from specifying what one is amenable to.

Without specifying, merely saying one is "amenable" leaves it unclear what sort of influence is being described: it may means one is amenable to suggestion, or perhaps instead amenable to control. Those are two very different situations, and different statements about the person: being amenable to suggestion says that one is consciously agreeable, while being amenable to control suggests a much less capable person.

Amenable by itself is more general, and hence better to describe someone's personality. Meanwhile, when describing a situation, it is better and less ambiguous to be specific about what one is amenable to, especially if it is a temporary quality of the person rather than temperamental.

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