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How does the adjective amicable contrast with its synonyms?

The words friendly and neighborly are common synonyms of amicable. While all three words 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

When can friendly be used instead of amicable?

In some situations, the words friendly and amicable are roughly equivalent. However, friendly stresses cordiality and often warmth or intimacy of personal relations.

sought friendly advice

When is it sensible to use neighborly instead of amicable?

The synonyms neighborly and amicable are sometimes interchangeable, but neighborly implies a disposition to live on good terms with others and to be helpful on principle.

neighborly concern


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“Amicable.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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