Simple Definition of amicable
: showing a polite and friendly desire to avoid disagreement and argument
Examples of amicable
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
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
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
They reached an amicable agreement.
<the contract negotiations between the hotel workers and management were reasonably amicable>
Origin of amicable
Middle English, from Late Latin amicabilis (see amiable)
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of amicable
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