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[am-i-kuh-buh l] /ˈæm ɪ kə bəl/
characterized by or showing goodwill; friendly; peaceable:
an amicable settlement.
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 amicably
  • For a time, it seemed the parties might resolve the dispute amicably.
  • Most of the time, this ancient symbiosis proceeds amicably.
  • The companies said they had agreed to terminate the pact amicably one year early because their research priorities have changed.
  • Monica is a painter: middle-aged, well preserved, amicably divorced.
  • If he were to get part of the team back, the lawsuit might be settled amicably.
  • The two seem to have settled amicably, probably with a share of profits.
  • His right-wing government will do its best to resolve the dispute amicably.
  • Judging from the kingdom's past, such changes may come about amicably, through consensus among senior princes.
  • In part, she argues, that is because it was taken over gradually and amicably.
  • Everything in her parent's divorce was settled so amicably, however, that her friends were soon bored.
British Dictionary definitions for amicably


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 amicably

1630s, from amicable + -ly (2).



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.

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