[ am-i-kuh-buhl ]
/ ˈæm ɪ kə bəl /


characterized by or showing goodwill; friendly; peaceable: an amicable settlement.

Origin of amicable

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin amīcābilis, equivalent to amīc(us) friend, friendly + -ābilis -able; cf. amiable

Related forms

Can be confused

amiable amicable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amicability

  • An appearance of amicability was assumed, and to the old argument they went, baiting the poor author like a bear tied to a stake.

    Rattlin the Reefer|Edward Howard
  • Promptly, inexplicably, with amicability, gratefully it was declined.

    Ulysses|James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for amicability


/ (ˈæmɪkəbəl) /


characterized by friendlinessan amicable agreement

Derived Forms

amicability or amicableness, nounamicably, adverb

Word Origin for amicable

C15: from Late Latin amīcābilis, from Latin amīcus friend; related to amāre to love
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