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[am-i-kuh-buh l] /ˈæm ɪ kə bəl/
characterized by or showing goodwill; friendly; peaceable:
an amicable settlement.
Origin of amicable
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin amīcābilis, equivalent to amīc(us) friend, friendly + -ābilis -able; cf. amiable
Related forms
amicability, amicableness, noun
amicably, adverb
unamicability, noun
unamicable, adjective
unamicableness, noun
unamicably, adverb
Can be confused
amiable, amicable.
agreeable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amicable
  • Round the family table, the political talk is tough but amicable.
  • We are not interested in an amicable settlement.
  • It was not a particularly amicable separation.
  • The first round on October 31st was fairly amicable, with a high turnout and few disruptions.
  • Like before, an amicable solution continues to defy everyone.
  • He created a child-support calculator, for example, which assists couples going through relatively amicable divorces.
  • Looks like an amicable resolution to an ugly matter.
  • Richter's decision was by every account amicable.
  • The letters seemed businesslike and amicable.
  • So far, the disagreements have appeared amicable.
British Dictionary definitions for amicable


characterized by friendliness: an amicable agreement
Derived Forms
amicability, amicableness, noun
amicably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin amīcābilis, from Latin amīcus friend; related to amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amicable

early 15c., from Late Latin amicabilis "friendly," a word in Roman law, from Latin amicus "friend," related to amare "to love" (see Amy). Cf. also amiable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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