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

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin amīcābilis, equivalent to amīc(us) friend, friendly + -ābilis -able; cf. amiable
Related formsam·i·ca·bil·i·ty, am·i·ca·ble·ness, nounam·i·ca·bly, adverbun·am·i·ca·bil·i·ty, nounun·am·i·ca·ble, adjectiveun·am·i·ca·ble·ness, nounun·am·i·ca·bly, adverb
Can be confusedamiable amicable

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Related Words for amicable

cordial, amiable, civil, polite, neighborly, harmonious, peaceful, courteous, accordant, agreeing, cozy, good-humored, kind, kindly, like-minded, mellow, pacific, peaceable, regular, sociable

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British Dictionary definitions for amicable


  1. characterized by friendlinessan amicable agreement
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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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