amicable

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

Definition of amicable

:characterized by friendly goodwill :peaceable
  • amicable relations/discussions
  • an amicable agreement

amicability

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amicableness

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amicably

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Examples of amicable in a Sentence

  1. 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 FinniganFamily Circle17 Oct. 2008
  2. 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 CoseNewsweek30 Aug. 1999
  3. 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 ToschesVanity FairFebruary 1998
  4. They reached an amicable agreement.

  5. the contract negotiations between the hotel workers and management were reasonably 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").

Origin and Etymology of amicable

Middle English, from Late Latin amicabilis — see amiable

Synonym Discussion of 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

AMICABLE Defined for English Language Learners

amicable

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Definition of amicable for English Language Learners

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


AMICABLE Defined for Kids

amicable

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

Definition of amicable for Students

:showing kindness or goodwill
  • “I only hoped … that the parting could be more amicable than this.”
  • —Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

amicably

\-blē\ adverb
  • chatting amicably


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