amicable

The adjective amicable means "friendly" — but in particular, use it when describing relations one might otherwise expect to be unfriendly. The end of a romantic relationship that's less than amicable might involve broken dishes or broken bones.

Amicable, not surprisingly, comes from the Latin word for "friend," amicus. Perhaps the things most commonly described as amicable are divorces. The parties in a divorce often tend to be so childish and the proceedings so messy that it's nice to have a word that reflects the absence of those qualities. Other nouns that commonly pair with amicable include relationship, split, parting, solution, and breakup.

DEFINITIONS OF: amicable

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adj characterized by friendship and good will

Synonyms
friendly
characteristic of or befitting a friend
favorable, friendly, well-disposed
inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile
unthreatening, well-meaning
not unfriendly or threatening
lovable, loveable
having characteristics that attract love or affection
peaceable, peaceful
not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war
Antonyms:
hostile
characterized by enmity or ill will
aggressive
having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
unfriendly
not disposed to friendship or friendliness
aggressive, belligerent
characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical
characterized by antagonism or antipathy
at loggerheads
in a dispute or confrontation
bitter
proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity
dirty
expressing or revealing hostility or dislike
head-on
characterized by direct opposition
ill
indicating hostility or enmity
opponent, opposing
characterized by active hostility
inimical, unfriendly
not friendly
hateful
evoking or deserving hatred
offensive
for the purpose of attack rather than defense
unpeaceful
not peaceful
violent
acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
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