am·​i·​ca·​ble ˈa-mi-kə-bəl How to pronounce amicable (audio)
: characterized by friendly goodwill : peaceable
amicable relations/discussions
an amicable agreement
amicability noun
amicableness noun
amicably adverb

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Amicable comes from Latin amīcābilis, meaning "friendly," and amāre, "to feel affection for" or "to love." Amāre has a number of English descendants, including amiable ("friendly, sociable, and congenial"), amorous ("strongly moved by love and especially sexual love"), and amateur, which, though it might seem surprising, is related to amāre by way of the Latin amātor, which means "lover" as well as "enthusiastic admirer" and "devotee."

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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amicable was in the 15th century


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“Amicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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am·​i·​ca·​ble ˈam-i-kə-bəl How to pronounce amicable (audio)
: showing kindness or goodwill : peaceable
neighbors maintaining amicable relations
amicability noun
amicably adverb

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