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Monday, August 23, 2004


\AM-ih-kuh-buhl\ , adjective;
Characterized by friendliness and good will; friendly; peaceable.
He is back on amicable terms with his first wife and with his children.
-- Bruce Weber, "Raymond Carver: A Chronicler of Blue-Collar Despair", New York Times, June 24, 1984
While the discussion was very spirited, the most amicable feelings were displayed on all sides.
-- "The Inauguration of the President of the Southern Confederacy", New York Times, February 18, 1861
The stage was set for simmering hostility between the two sects, and the breakdown in amicable relations was hastened by the high-handed attitude of the Maronite emirs towards the Druze barons, who lost many of their ancestral privileges and lands.
-- Robin Waterfield, Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran
Quarrels over property, for example, severed long-amicable bonds between siblings and neighbors.
-- Katherine Verdery, The Political Lives of Dead Bodies
Amicable derives from Latin amicus, "friend," from amare, "to love."
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