amicable
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin amicabilis Date: 15th century characterized by friendly goodwill ; peaceableamicability nounamicableness nounamicably adverb Synonyms: 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
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • amicable — amicable, neighborly, friendly are applied to the attitudes and actions of persons, communities, and states that have intercourse with each other and mean marked by or exhibiting goodwill or absence of antagonism. Amicable frequently implies… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • amicable — [am′i kə bəl] adj. [LL amicabilis: see AMIABLE] friendly in feeling; showing good will; peaceable [an amicable discussion] amicability [am′i kəbil′ə tē] n. amicably adv …   English World dictionary

  • amicable — I adjective affable, amiable, cordial, friendly, genial, harmonious, sociable, unhostile II index benevolent, harmonious, nonmilitant, peaceable …   Law dictionary

  • amicable — (adj.) early 15c., from L.L. amicabilis friendly, a word in Roman law, from L. amicus friend, related to amare to love (see AMY (Cf. Amy)). Cf. also AMIABLE (Cf. amiable) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • amicable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ friendly and without disagreement. DERIVATIVES amicably adverb. ORIGIN Latin amicabilis, from amicus friend …   English terms dictionary

  • amicable — am|i|ca|ble [ˈæmıkəbəl] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: amicablis, from amicus friend ] an amicable agreement, relationship etc is one in which people feel friendly towards each other and do not want to quarrel ▪ Their relationship… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • amicable — [[t]æ̱mɪkəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED When people have an amicable relationship, they are pleasant to each other and solve their problems without quarrelling. The meeting ended on reasonably amicable terms... Our discussions were amicable and… …   English dictionary

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