Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

amicable

play
adjective am·i·ca·ble \ˈa-mi-kə-bəl\

Simple Definition of amicable

  • : showing a polite and friendly desire to avoid disagreement and argument

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of amicable

  1. :  characterized by friendly goodwill :  peaceable

amicability

play \ˌa-mi-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

amicableness

play \ˈa-mi-kə-bəl-nəs\ noun

amicably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of amicable in a sentence

  1. About a million couples divorce each year in the United States, and most, like my ex and me, start out striving to keep the split amicable. And though you may have good intentions, things can go awry during the traditional I-win-you-lose adversarial process. —Annie Finnigan, Family Circle, 17 Oct. 2008

  2. Instead, with the help of a neighborhood activist, Rob struck out in another direction. He retook his old turf from the dealers who had replaced him and opened a fruit stand and, later, a hot-dog concession. Bright, amicable and assured, Rob so impressed Anderson that the sociologist hired him as a part-time assistant. —Ellis Cose, Newsweek, 30 Aug. 1999

  3. Cops such as William Anderson and Lowell Powell had been Sonny's friends. “I was a policeman and he was something of a thug,” Powell recalled, but nonetheless their dealings were amicable. In the big picture, however, there was no love lost between Sonny and the cops. —Nick Tosches, Vanity Fair, February 1998

  4. They reached an amicable agreement.

  5. <the contract negotiations between the hotel workers and management were reasonably amicable>



Origin and Etymology of amicable

Middle English, from Late Latin amicabilis (see amiable)


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of amicable

amicable, neighborly, friendly mean exhibiting goodwill and an absence of antagonism. amicable implies a state of peace and a desire on the part of the parties not to quarrel <maintained amicable relations>. neighborly implies a disposition to live on good terms with others and to be helpful on principle <neighborly concern>. friendly stresses cordiality and often warmth or intimacy of personal relations <sought friendly advice>.

AMICABLE Defined for Kids

amicable

play
adjective am·i·ca·ble \ˈa-mi-kə-bəl\

Definition of amicable for Students

  1. :  showing kindness or goodwill <“I only hoped … that the parting could be more amicable than this.” — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>

amicably

\-blē\ adverb <chatting amicably>




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up amicable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

rebellion megillah torrent interruption
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ