neigh·​bor·​ly | \ ˈnā-bər-lē How to pronounce neighborly (audio) \

Definition of neighborly

: of, relating to, or characteristic of congenial neighbors especially : friendly a neighborly welcome

Other Words from neighborly

neighborliness noun

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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

Examples of neighborly in a Sentence

She was friendly in a neighborly way. they were neighborly folks, always ready to lend a helping hand whenever necessary
Recent Examples on the Web But my immediate identification with Kirkpatrick goes beyond just a neighborly resonance. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 Even the small group that texts almost every day to accuse me of slanting the news does so with a neighborly tone. cleveland, 7 May 2022 Neighboring counties in the Ozark Mountains tried to be neighborly. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 12 Feb. 2022 The film Carol of the Bells is a story of the peaceful and neighborly life of three families: Ukrainian, Polish and Jewish., 4 Mar. 2022 But taken to its natural conclusion all this advice is pretty grim, a series of prescribed preferences and tastes in the place were civic action or at least neighborly concern could be. Molly Osberg, The New Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 The class demonstrates how nonviolence can be harnessed in daily life, whether a neighborly or familial dispute, or a matter of equal pay or diversity at work. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 27 Feb. 2022 But even halfhearted neighborly friendliness has its advantages — particularly when someone is moving out. Hadley Meares, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Jan. 2022 The extended neighborly dispute is not unusual for the country’s famously slow justice system. Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of neighborly

1558, in the meaning defined above

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“Neighborly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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neigh·​bor·​ly | \ ˈnā-bər-lē How to pronounce neighborly (audio) \

Kids Definition of neighborly

: familiar and helpful : friendly

Other Words from neighborly

neighborliness noun

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