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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
Recent Examples of amicable from the Web
She and the singer stayed in touch by phone, and the conversations were amicable.
The Angelina closing was announced in a news release that portrayed the decision to close as an amicable split between restaurant ownership and its landlord, Dan Gilbert's Bedrock real estate company.
Trump's public exchanges with Kim in recent weeks have hardly been amicable.
The question now becomes how powerful and convincing Jones could be as the league, its players and owners all search for an amicable solution.
The President's relationships with Graham and Paul have not always been amicable.
An amicable partnership soured as Mr Hughes tried to push the New Republic to chase superficial, bite-sized stories to win cheap digital advertising.
The break, which Koplowitz and Twisted Path founder Brian Sammons both described as amicable, comes as Sammons is completing a larger tasting room with a projected opening of Dec. 2.
Under the most amicable of circumstances, mayors have to do battle with the federal government to maintain and increase city funding.
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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").
Synonymsagreeable, harmonious, compatible, congenial, frictionless, kindred, unanimous, united
Antonymsdisagreeable, discordant, disharmonious, disunited, incompatible, inharmonious, uncongenial
Related Wordspacific, peaceable, peaceful; collaborating, cooperative, symbiotic, synergetic, synergic; noncompetitive, nonconflicting, uncompetitive; sympathetic, tolerant, understanding; affable, amiable, cordial, friendly, genial, neighborly
Near Antonymsantagonistic, antipathetic, clashing, conflicting, hostile, inimical, unfriendly; belligerent, contentious, quarrelsome; contradicting, contradictory, contrary, opposing, opposite; competing, competitive, rivaling (or rivalling)
Synonym Discussion of amicable
- maintained amicable relations
- neighborly concern
- sought friendly advice
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