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[ney-ber-lee] /ˈneɪ bər li/
having or showing qualities befitting a neighbor; friendly.
Origin of neighborly
1515-25; neighbor + -ly
Related forms
neighborliness, noun
unneighborliness, noun
unneighborly, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for neighborly
  • There is some psychological separation from the street, yet it feels neighborly.
  • Ironically, the game could replace the neighborly interaction it so deliberately emulates.
  • He concluded that neighborly interaction was lacking and decided to change the zoning.
  • neighborly thank yous will appear in this space weekly.
  • Mediation is to make a neighborly space by sharing it and then leaving it alone namely to draw the viewer's attention.
  • We know offer the use of bark collars to help with those neighborly disputes over barking dogs.
  • If you know who the animal belongs to, the neighborly thing to do is to let the owner know what is happening.
  • If your concerns cannot be resolved in a neighborly fashion, check with your city officials to see if they can intervene.
  • Try to work out a mutually agreeable and reasonable solution in a neighborly manner.
  • He said that process of true community input and consensus building would be fair, legal and neighborly.
British Dictionary definitions for neighborly


kind, friendly, or sociable, as befits a neighbour
Derived Forms
neighbourliness, (US) neighborliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for neighborly

1550s, from neighbor (n.) + -ly (1). Earlier as an adverb (1520s), while an earlier adjective form was neighborlike (late 15c.). Related: Neighborliness, which ousted earlier neighborship (mid-15c.).

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