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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
What could have been an ugly fight that stressed the neighborhood’s racial fault lines has instead ended in a remarkably amicable consensus.
More red flags were raised when cops looked at texts between Perkins and her ex that looked consensual and amicable.
Attorneys for both parties are now in the midst of working on an amicable solution, according to county spokeswoman Deidre McCabe.
Try to be as amicable as possible, but don’t let your fear (or your desire) stop you from making healthy living choices.
While the festival and the streaming giant are said to be having amicable ongoing discussions, for now, Cannes is upholding a requirement that all Palme d’Or contenders must have French theatrical distribution.
The split is being positioned as an amicable parting.
Meanwhile, the two OHs (Original Househusbands) on the block, Kourtney's now-amicable ex/co-parent Scott Disick, and Kanye West, Kim's husband, have been taking turns staying in and out of Page Six.
Sources say the duo's deal with the studio was up and the split was amicable.
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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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