neighborly

adjective
neigh·​bor·​ly | \ˈnā-bər-lē \

Definition of neighborly 

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

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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

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Neither is owned by the Atheneum, but Loughman says the museum keeps a protective neighborly eye on both. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 Beneath the placid surface of a rural estate where nothing seems to happen, momentous psychological shifts are unleashed by the arrival of a handsome tutor; there’s even a rueful neighborly doctor character like those in Chekhov’s familiar classics. Philip Brandes, latimes.com, "The 99 Seat Beat: 'Big Fish' at the Chance in Anaheim, free Shakespeare in Griffith Park," 6 July 2018 The vote was a neighborly rebuke of a country drifting toward total dictatorship and economic ruin. The Christian Science Monitor, "The power of truth-telling about Venezuela," 8 June 2018 About 10 miles north of downtown Orlando, Casselberry is a popular suburban community that provides a mix of residential communities, natural settings, a growing business base and an increasing neighborly spirit. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Casselberry Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 The theater treats its audiences in a neighborly manner. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "A Highly Entertaining, Energetic 'In the Heights' At Playhouse On Park," 18 June 2018 This community values neighborly chats and sidewalk smiles. Shakirah Simley, Bon Appetit, "The Harlem of the West: What’s to Become of The Fillmore?," 6 June 2018 The best and most neighborly approach would be to walk across the street, introduce yourself to these children and their parents, and ask them not to play on your lawn. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Mother seeks cure for daughter's affluenza," 26 May 2018 As neighborly disputes go, this one really has dragged on. David Tweed, Bloomberg.com, "What an End to the 68-Year Korean War Would Mean," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of neighborly

1558, in the meaning defined above

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neighborly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of neighborly

: helpful and friendly

neighborly

adjective
neigh·​bor·​ly | \ˈnā-bər-lē \

Kids Definition of neighborly

: familiar and helpful : friendly

Other Words from neighborly

neighborliness noun

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