amicable

adjective
am·​i·​ca·​ble | \ˈa-mi-kə-bəl \

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 \ noun
amicableness \ˈa-​mi-​kə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
amicably \-​blē \ adverb

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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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Relations between Spears and Federline appeared amicable in 2015. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Britney Spears' Dad Wants to Set Child Support Budget for Kevin Federline: Report," 20 Mar. 2018 At the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi had an amicable meeting with Mr. Netanyahu. Joshua S. Block, WSJ, "Israel Is Making Arab Friends," 4 Nov. 2018 Despite Carlson's seemingly amicable regress, and her costars' continued support, Estes admits the adjustment wasn't easy. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Will Estes Opens Up About Amy Carlson's 'Shocking' Exit," 6 Oct. 2018 In this age of conscious uncoupling and tender undoing, apparently people are now looking at these rosey, overly-amicable celebrity divorces and feeling distinctly envious. Ellie Delano, Woman's Day, "Believe It Or Not, Some People Actually Experience 'Divorce Envy'," 22 July 2014 The settlement agreement represents an amicable resolution of a disputed claim. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale and La Grange hospitals reach settlement over deaf man's complaint he was not provided with interpreter," 28 June 2018 Betts left the Allmans in a not-so-amicable split in 2000 but continued to tour as a solo artist. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Guitar great Dickey Betts on unretiring, mourning the Allman brothers, and why he'll always be a 'Ramblin' Man'," 12 July 2018 The Trump administration has big plans to completely overhaul the civil service system, a herculean task that would affect 2 million federal employees, from hiring to firing (or a more amicable workplace separation). Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Trump administration plans major overhaul of civil service system, but no specifics yet," 6 Apr. 2018 Rafael Fernández de Castro, director for the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, said the amicable gestures between Mr. Trump and Mr. López Obrador were surprising. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "U.S. Delegation and Mexico’s Next President Aim to Reset Relations," 13 July 2018

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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

adjective

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 \

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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