answerable courage

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Dagobertoto

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In John F. Kennedy's speech, We Choose To Go To The Moon, "William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage. >
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I have seen a couple of meanings of answerable in the dictionary, but I'm not sure which one is the sense that I need.? What's your understanding of answerable here?
 
  • owlman5

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    I think "proportionate" is a good synonym for "answerable" here. "Answerable" sounds really old-fashioned, which is exactly what I'd expect from something written or spoken in 1630.
     
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    Baloogan

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    ANSWERABLE

    1
    archaic : suitable, adequate
    2
    : liable to be called to account : responsible
    3
    archaic : corresponding, similar
    4
    : capable of being refuted


    Just agreeing with owlman here.

    Essentially the great difficulties are answered by similar courage. As the difficulties go up the courage must go up too.

    I love Kennedy's speeches. Truly they are works of art.
     
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