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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
As the hotel puts undergoes its finishing touches, guests can enjoy the new Flatiron spot for the good food and amicable vibes.
The move appeared to be an amicable one, despite the saga dragging out for almost every transfer window in recent memory.
All have amicable relationships with the progressive side of the board, and any of them might edge out moderate front-runner Nick Josefowitz in the November election to fill Farrell’s now-vacant board seat.
The departures, negotiated since the top of the year, are said to be amicable and do not come with any immediate word of replacements.
Then-offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was amicable enough to invite a few scribes into the weight room for an off-the-record chit-chat one day.
Johnson and her husband are separated and negotiating an amicable divorce.
His departure, described as amicable, arrives two months after the company was acquired by Chinese digital startup Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. in an $800 million deal.
Since the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were founded in 1910 and 1912, respectively, the groups have maintained an amicable relationship.
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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
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