adjective am·i·ca·ble \ˈa-mi-kə-bəl\

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

Full Definition of AMICABLE

:  characterized by friendly goodwill :  peaceable
am·i·ca·bil·i·ty \ˌa-mi-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
am·i·ca·ble·ness \ˈa-mi-kə-bəl-nəs\ noun
am·i·ca·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of AMICABLE

  1. They reached an amicable agreement.
  2. <the contract negotiations between the hotel workers and management were reasonably amicable>
  3. 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

Origin 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>.


adjective am·i·ca·ble \ˈa-mi-kə-bəl\

Definition of AMICABLE for Kids

:  showing kindness or goodwill <“I only hoped … that the parting could be more amicable than this.” — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>
am·i·ca·bly \-blē\ adverb <chatting amicably>


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