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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
Prasad and the woman had an amicable relationship, Wagstaffe said, and still did on April 25, the woman’s last day of work at the airport.
Sobon’s decision to establish his own brand was totally amicable with his parents.
The couple divorced earlier this month, a split her family described as amicable, and friends have said Chapman was excited to begin a new chapter in her life.
Officials said that General McMaster’s departure was a mutual decision and amicable, with little of the recrimination that marked Mr. Tillerson’s exit.
But Trump and Mexico’s newly elected president — a longtime leftist — appear to have begun their relationship on amicable terms, despite clear differences in the two men’s political outlooks.
However, the Us Weekly source says the split was amicable, despite the awkward unfollows.
The agreement reached Monday, which both sides say was amicable, also requires the hospitals to provide mandatory training to their employees on how to address the needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
The amicable consensus around appropriate parameters for public speech by psychiatrists came apart after Trump was elected president.
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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").
Synonym Discussion of amicable
- maintained amicable relations
- neighborly concern
- sought friendly advice
AMICABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amicable for English Language Learners
: showing a polite and friendly desire to avoid disagreement and argument
AMICABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of amicable for Students
- “I only hoped … that the parting could be more amicable than this.”
- —Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
- chatting amicably
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