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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Recent Examples on the Web Both statements asked for fans to not speculate about the split, and instead trust that the decision is amicable. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Tana Mongeau & Jake Paul Announce Breakup 5 Months After Their Wedding," 3 Jan. 2020 After the grief and rage subsided, the two managed to forge an amicable long-distance relationship. Troy Jollimore, Washington Post, "An intimate look at the scandal that tore apart a literary power couple," 19 Dec. 2019 What follows — as an amicable split becomes a shattering rupture, lurching from awkwardness to rage in search of a new equilibrium — is a reversal of Tolstoy’s sturdy observation about happy and unhappy families. New York Times, "‘Marriage Story’ Review: Dance Me to the End of Love," 5 Nov. 2019 The Ponca sought to establish an amicable relationship with the United States government, and in 1858, agreed to surrender all of its claimed territory with the exception of a patch of land around the Niobrara River. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Chief Standing Bear, Who Fought for Native American Freedoms, Is Honored With a Statue in the Capitol," 25 Sep. 2019 But word in Denver is that the split was not amicable. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Vikings need three wins to make playoffs," 30 Nov. 2019 If an amicable resolution cannot be reached, seek help from a third party. Jen Ruiz,, "How I made almost $700 from a flight delay," 20 Sep. 2019 Nah, consider that the band that visits Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Wednesday, Nov. 6, has been around in some form since 1990, with only one lineup change, and even bassist Paul D’Amour’s departure was amicable. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Art rock band Tool draws raves for ‘Fear Inoculum’ album and tour, to play Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse," 30 Oct. 2019 Mahroubi’s departure from his ministerial post was amicable for both sides. Helene Fouquet, Fortune, "Internet Giants Like Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, and Apple Could Be Forced to Disclose Profits in France," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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23 Jan 2020

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“Amicable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of amicable

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


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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