neighborly

adjective
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

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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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The most intimate services of child care, laundry, and home maintenance were handled within the family, or with a little neighborly assistance provided gratis. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Service Jobs and Democracy," 16 Aug. 2019 Why: In the old Stephi’s on Tremont space, Black Lamb has a primo location and nicely splits the difference between culinary elegance and neighborly comfort. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Black Lamb is a rare beast: Equal parts elegance and comfort," 15 Aug. 2019 The result can be anti-neighborly behavior, promoted by a service that purports to improve your neighborhood. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Amazon writes scripts for cops to sling Ring home cameras, report says," 31 July 2019 Penkin, the Pearl District leader, said neighborhood associations, ethnic and religious groups and immigrant communities tend to advocate for the same neighborly ideals. oregonlive.com, "Emotions flare as Portland, long friendly to neighborhoods, weighs gutting their powers," 2 July 2019 By giving people a place to participate in outdoor activities together, parks also promote positive social interactions and neighborly connections within diverse urban communities. Lincoln Larson, The Conversation, "Can parks help cities fight crime?," 25 June 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce neighborly (audio) \

Kids Definition of neighborly

: familiar and helpful : friendly

Other Words from neighborly

neighborliness noun

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