Amicable action
Amicable Am"i*ca*ble, a. [L. amicabilis, fr. amicus friend, fr. amare to love. See {Amiable}.] Friendly; proceeding from, or exhibiting, friendliness; after the manner of friends; peaceable; as, an amicable disposition, or arrangement. [1913 Webster]

That which was most remarkable in this contest was . . . the amicable manner in which it was managed. --Prideoux. [1913 Webster]

{Amicable action} (Law.), an action commenced and prosecuted by amicable consent of the parties, for the purpose of obtaining a decision of the court on some matter of law involved in it. --Bouvier. --Burrill.

{Amicable numbers} (Math.), two numbers, each of which is equal to the sum of all the aliquot parts of the other. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Friendly; peaceable; kind; harmonious.

Usage: {Amicable}, {Friendly}. Neither of these words denotes any great warmth of affection, since friendly has by no means the same strength as its noun friendship. It does, however, imply something of real cordiality; while amicable supposes very little more than that the parties referred to are not disposed to quarrel. Hence, we speak of amicable relations between two countries, an amicable adjustment of difficulties. ``Those who entertain friendly feelings toward each other can live amicably together.'' [1913 Webster]


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  • amicable action — am·i·ca·ble action / a mi kə bəl / n: a case brought before a court by consent of the parties in order to get a ruling on a point of law used esp. in Pennsylvania Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. amicable act …   Law dictionary

  • amicable action — noun : an action commenced and prosecuted by amicable consent of the parties for the purpose of obtaining a decision of the court on some matter of law amicable action, in the sense in which these words are used in courts of justice, presupposes… …   Useful english dictionary

  • amicable action — An action brought and carried on by the mutual consent and arrangement of the parties, to obtain judgment of court on a doubtful question of law, the facts being usually settled by agreement. See case (case agreed on); declaratory judgment …   Black's law dictionary

  • amicable action — An action brought and carried on by the mutual consent and arrangement of the parties, to obtain judgment of court on a doubtful question of law, the facts being usually settled by agreement. See case (case agreed on); declaratory judgment …   Black's law dictionary

  • Amicable — Am i*ca*ble, a. [L. amicabilis, fr. amicus friend, fr. amare to love. See {Amiable}.] Friendly; proceeding from, or exhibiting, friendliness; after the manner of friends; peaceable; as, an amicable disposition, or arrangement. [1913 Webster] That …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Amicable numbers — Amicable Am i*ca*ble, a. [L. amicabilis, fr. amicus friend, fr. amare to love. See {Amiable}.] Friendly; proceeding from, or exhibiting, friendliness; after the manner of friends; peaceable; as, an amicable disposition, or arrangement. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amicable suit — noun An action to secure clarification on a point of law, in concord and in the mutual interest of the parties involved …   Wiktionary

  • amicable scire facias to revive a judgment — /aemakabal sayriy feyshiyss/ A written agreement, signed by the person to be bound by the revival, in the nature of a writ of scire facias with a confession of judgment thereon, which must be duly docketed, but which requires no judicial action… …   Black's law dictionary

  • amicable scire facias to revive a judgment — /aemakabal sayriy feyshiyss/ A written agreement, signed by the person to be bound by the revival, in the nature of a writ of scire facias with a confession of judgment thereon, which must be duly docketed, but which requires no judicial action… …   Black's law dictionary

  • friendly suit — A suit brought by a creditor against an executor or administrator, being really a suit by the executor or administrator, in the name of a creditor, against himself, in order to compel the creditors to take an equal distribution of the assets.… …   Black's law dictionary

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