amicable

adjective
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 amicability (audio) \ noun
amicableness \ ˈa-​mi-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce amicableness (audio) \ noun
amicably \ ˈa-​mi-​kə-​blē How to pronounce amicably (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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First Known Use of amicable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amicable

Middle English, from Late Latin amicabilis — see amiable

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“Amicable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amicable. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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amicable

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English Language Learners Definition of amicable

: showing a polite and friendly desire to avoid disagreement and argument

amicable

adjective
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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