[ am-i-kuh-buhl ]
/ ˈæm ɪ kə bəl /


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

Nearby words

  1. amiable,
  2. amianthoid,
  3. amianthus,
  4. amic,
  5. amicability,
  6. amicable number,
  7. amicably,
  8. amice,
  9. amicheme,
  10. amici prism

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

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British Dictionary definitions for amicable


/ (ˈæmɪkəbəl) /


characterized by friendlinessan amicable agreement
Derived Formsamicability 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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Word Origin and History for amicable



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.

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