Definition of amicable in English:



  • (of relations between people) having a spirit of friendliness; without serious disagreement or rancor.

    ‘there will be an amicable settlement of the dispute’
    • ‘He urged the youths from both sides to forget the bitter past and create an amicable environment for everyone to live in peace.’
    • ‘And it is the sort of amicable relationship which the company has long been known for.’
    • ‘The event was a particularly amicable one and the result for Europeans, especially the Scots, could not have been better.’
    • ‘We're still really good friends and it's all very amicable, but it just wasn't working and hadn't done so for quite some time.’
    • ‘It was amicable and did not last long - little more than an hour.’
    • ‘He recently admitted the trio regularly congratulate themselves on having such an amicable relationship.’
    • ‘It may be still some time before an amicable solution is arrived at.’
    • ‘Though we believe we have a chance of remaining independent, we have to work together and would like to have an amicable relationship.’
    • ‘The disputed area can also be discussed after some time and an amicable settlement may be given to the court for its verdict.’
    • ‘But, at least in the beginning, relations between the neighboring states were largely amicable.’
    • ‘Two decades on, Mesnel is a millionaire, albeit a very polite and amicable one, and without, it seems, a single element of ego.’
    • ‘Although traffic wardens are not known for being popular, friends said Milroy was an easygoing, amicable character.’
    • ‘Spokespersons for the pair say it's an amicable split and that the two remain friends.’
    • ‘Once Mr Ahern had clarified the position, the conversation was amicable.’
    • ‘A swift and amicable settlement to this dispute is needed now.’
    • ‘They then moved to India and Pakistan where they formed an amicable relationship with the British.’
    • ‘They have not been in court before now for custody of the child and had reached an amicable arrangement over visiting rights.’
    • ‘Normally, this is one of the quieter, friendlier, more amicable sessions of the week.’
    • ‘The conversation was amicable, as befitted a meeting between two old friends.’
    • ‘Robson is an amicable bloke with a marvellous CV and his bitterness at being shown the door was as obvious as it was understandable.’
    friendly, good-natured, cordial, civil, courteous, polite, easy, easy-going, neighbourly, brotherly, fraternal, harmonious, cooperative, civilized
    non-hostile, peaceable, peaceful, conflict-free
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Late Middle English (in the sense pleasant, benign applied to things): from late Latin amicabilis, from Latin amicus friend.