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amicable

Syllabification: am·i·ca·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈaməkəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of amicable in English:

adjective

(Of relations between people) having a spirit of friendliness; without serious disagreement or rancor: there will be an amicable settlement of the dispute
More example sentences
  • Normally, this is one of the quieter, friendlier, more amicable sessions of the week.
  • Although traffic wardens are not known for being popular, friends said Milroy was an easygoing, amicable character.
  • A swift and amicable settlement to this dispute is needed now.
Synonyms
friendly, good-natured, cordial, easy, easygoing, neighborly, harmonious, cooperative, civilized, nonconfrontational

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'pleasant, benign', applied to things): from late Latin amicabilis, from Latin amicus 'friend'.

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  • enemy from (Middle English):

    An enemy is not your friend. So far, so obvious, but this is, in fact, the derivation of the word. It came into the language at the end of the 13th century from Old French enemi, from Latin inimicus, which was based on in- meaning ‘not’ and amicus ‘friend’. Inimicus is the source of inimical (late 17th century) or ‘hostile’, and amicus of amicable (mid 16th century) or ‘friendly’.

Derivatives

amicability

1
Pronunciation: /ˌamikəˈbilitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Participants in this contest are judged on the basis of their knowledge of cocktail making and their bartending skills such as amicability, attention to customers, presentation techniques and a sample of the cocktail prepared.
  • His characteristic amicability often lulled opponents into a false sense of ease.
  • Any additional contractual and legal issues that arise in the partnership scenario will depend very much on the degree of amicability involved in what is essentially a split.

amicably

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • We have given them the chance to sort it out amicably but they don't want to know.
  • I really believe that it is better for couples to separate as amicably as possible and give their children a chance to grow up without daily misery and acrimony.
  • The other was a social call, where Becket was received amicably.

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