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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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  • A separation, mutually and amicably agreed upon, was the result.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • The monkey started, dropped the skin, and grinned up at him amicably.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • So you settled the matter with Natty amicably on the spot, did you?

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The quarrel between the king and the archbishop was amicably settled.

  • There was much laughter at that sally, and we began to converse most amicably.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • Dr. Vio said that he was glad that everything had been arranged so amicably.

  • The two were getting on most amicably when Mayo went forward.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I have no wish to be with your cousin,” he said amicably; “I find you much more agreeable.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • His brother admitted the truth of this, and talked to him amicably.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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