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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
Back in June 2016, Swift and DJ Calvin Harris ended their relationship in what seemed an amicable fashion.
The professional split was amicable, a rep confirmed to THR.
Baylor University is pleased that the parties were able to resolve this dispute in an amicable fashion.
Gobbetti has a reputation for reviving wayward labels via amicable partnerships with star designers—
The two had some heated interactions when the Warriors and Thunder met this season but were amicable as All-Star Game teammates.
Intent on dispelling speculation of internal divisions in the ruling dynasty, Saudi television was quick to show that the change in succession was amicable and supported by the family.
Carla Corder said his departure was amicable and declined further comment on his tenure at the theater or his arrest.
Both Zames and Dimon portrayed the separation as 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").
Synonymsagreeable, harmonious, compatible, congenial, frictionless, kindred, unanimous, united
Antonymsdisagreeable, discordant, disharmonious, disunited, incompatible, inharmonious, uncongenial
Related Wordspacific, peaceable, peaceful; collaborating, cooperative, symbiotic, synergetic, synergic; noncompetitive, nonconflicting, uncompetitive; sympathetic, tolerant, understanding; affable, amiable, cordial, friendly, genial, neighborly
Near Antonymsantagonistic, antipathetic, clashing, conflicting, hostile, inimical, unfriendly; belligerent, contentious, quarrelsome; contradicting, contradictory, contrary, opposing, opposite; competing, competitive, rivaling (or rivalling)
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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