am·​i·​ca·​ble | \ ˈa-mi-kə-bəl How to pronounce amicable (audio) \

Definition of amicable

: characterized by friendly goodwill : peaceable amicable relations/discussions an amicable agreement

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Other Words from amicable

amicability \ ˌa-​mi-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce amicable (audio) \ noun
amicableness \ ˈa-​mi-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce amicable (audio) \ noun
amicably \ ˈa-​mi-​kə-​blē How to pronounce amicable (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

What is the Difference Between amicable, companionable, and neighborly?

Amicable, which derives from Late Latin amicabilis, meaning "friendly," is one of a set of English words used to suggest cordial relationships. Amicable, neighborly, companionable, and friendly all mean marked by or 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 ("they maintained amicable relations"; "the amicable process of bargaining"). Neighborly implies a disposition to live on good terms with others, particularly those who are nearby, and to be helpful on principle ("neighborly concern"). Companionable suggests sociability and companionship ("a companionable dinner with friends"). Friendly stresses cordiality and often warmth or intimacy of personal relations ("a friendly correspondence").

Examples of amicable in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web During their discussion, council members urged residents to meet with the land owner and developer to reach an amicable solution. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson warehouse zoning changes denied after opposition from 1,400 residents," 26 Jan. 2021 Disick and Kardashian have had their ups and downs, all very well-documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but things seem to be amicable now. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Are Reportedly Dating," 25 Jan. 2021 Wilson said the interactions between the students and the community have been amicable and that the recent Community Roots Award reinforces that Legacy Park is a success. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur,, "Role in community park on Baronne Street earns honors for International High School of New Orleans," 31 Dec. 2020 According to a report from the Daily Mail, the split between the two was amicable. Natalie Morin,, "The Crown Couple Gillian Anderson & Peter Morgan Have Split," 19 Dec. 2020 White House counsel Pat Cipollone worked to ensure that the attorney general’s departure was arranged on amicable terms, according to people familiar with the matter. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "William Barr to Resign as Attorney General," 15 Dec. 2020 Last fall, Petersen and her husband decided to get an amicable divorce. Alden Wicker, Wired, "Get Rich Selling Used Fashion Online—or Cry Trying," 10 Dec. 2020 Sam darkly summarizes her anger surrounding her ex’s nonexistent presence in their kids’ lives, and the concessions she was forced to make during what was supposed to be their amicable divorce. Washington Post, "Best TV episodes of 2020: ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘This Is Us’ and more," 8 Dec. 2020 While Flip or Flop's Christina Anstead will not be invited to Tarek El Moussa's upcoming wedding, the exes still maintain an amicable relationship as co-parents. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Heather Rae Young Shares What It's Like to Co-Parent With Tarek El Moussa's Ex-Wife Christina Anstead," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of amicable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amicable

Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin amīcābilis "friendly" — more at amiable

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“Amicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amicable

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


am·​i·​ca·​ble | \ ˈa-mi-kə-bəl How to pronounce amicable (audio) \

Kids Definition of amicable

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

Other Words from amicable

amicably \ -​blē \ adverb chatting amicably

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