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 Despite the partisanship that normally resides in the U.S. Capitol, the vibe before the speech was relaxed and amicable, with members fist-bumping each other and gathering in small clusters – all wearing masks as required by House rules. USA Today, "Why President Joe Biden's speech to Congress was unlike any other in modern history," 29 Apr. 2021 But rising administrative costs and different service needs in the two communities led to an amicable breakup and separate departments. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Largely rural town of Nowthen now has its own fire department," 27 Apr. 2021 The pair split back in May 2020, but their amicable separation ultimately turned sour. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Colton Underwood’s Coming Out Can Have Two Truths. Listen To Both Of Them," 15 Apr. 2021 Indeed, despite their fairy tale start on the ABC dating show, Randolph and Underwood's breakup, though initially amicable, grew exceedingly acrimonious. Aili Nahas,, "Cassie Randolph Didn't Know Ex Colton Underwood Was Gay, Says Source: 'She's Still Processing'," 21 Apr. 2021 But their time together on the court as teammates has come to an end after the aging Aldridge and the Spurs agreed to an amicable parting that coach Gregg Popovich announced this week. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs' Dejounte Murray: LaMarcus Aldridge 'deserves to be happy'," 12 Mar. 2021 Such circumstances would not appear to set the table for an amicable and willing return to the franchise just 16 months later. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How Derrick Favors’ season in New Orleans paved the way for his return to the Utah Jazz," 19 Mar. 2021 The Swifties didn’t wake up for amicable understanding, though. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Taylor Swift Fans Are Not Here for John Mayer’s TikTok Presence," 2 Mar. 2021 Today, the teams are amicable enough to have some some friendly banter about the news on Twitter. Joshua Iversen, The Arizona Republic, "'Did we just become best friends?' Nope, but Cards-49ers ready to share a room," 2 Dec. 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 16 May. 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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