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1 having or showing kindly feeling and sincere interest
  • all of the people in my new department seem friendly
  • as a friendly gesture, we presented our new neighbors with a plate of homemade cookies

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4 willing to do a favor
  • a kid-friendly restaurant with high chairs and a special menu for small-fry appetites

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5 promoting or contributing to personal or social well-being
  • the state's attitude towards commercial development is widely regarded as friendly to the business community

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How does the adjective friendly contrast with its synonyms?

The words amicable and neighborly are common synonyms of friendly. While all three words mean "exhibiting goodwill and an absence of antagonism," friendly stresses cordiality and often warmth or intimacy of personal relations.

sought friendly advice

When can amicable be used instead of friendly?

Although the words amicable and friendly have much in common, amicable implies a state of peace and a desire on the part of the parties not to quarrel.

maintained amicable relations

In what contexts can neighborly take the place of friendly?

The words neighborly and friendly are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, neighborly implies a disposition to live on good terms with others and to be helpful on principle.

neighborly concern

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The first known use of friendly was before the 12th century

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“Friendly.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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