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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
This issue reached a fever pitch a year ago, when an infamous Pepsi commercial starring Kendall Jenner distilled the iconography of protests against police brutality into a collage of meaningless signs, dance moves, and amicable cops.
Along with another contract Teamsters members ratified earlier this week at far smaller Standard Forwarding, a business with around 500 members, the agreement suggests relatively amicable labor relations these days in freight operations.
Barrymore and Kopelman have been co-parenting their daughters Frankie, 4, and Olive, 5, since their amicable split, and spent Christmas together.
While this switch is just the latest in a recent series of firings and resignations at the White House, the Times reports that McMaster’s departure was amicable.
Though there is some doubt about how amicable the divorce will be.
Early reports indicated the divorce would be amicable — Vanessa reportedly filed for an uncontested proceeding, and the couple issued a benign statement together.
The most fascinating developments and dialogue take place in 1996 as viewers start to see how intertwined and amicable the relationship was between Biggie (Wavvy Jonez) and Tupac (Marcc Rose).
Ride, Handling, and Steering The Type R is that rare type of car with terrific track ability and amicable road manners.
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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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