amiable

A friendly, pleasant person could be described as amiable. Airline flight attendants tend to be amiable. The people monitoring the school's cafeteria? Maybe not.

An amiable person is good-natured and easy to get along with. Add one letter and you get amicable, a word with a common ancestor (Latin amicabilis) and a similar meaning. But while amiable refers to friendly people, amicable refers to friendly relations between them; two amiable people who no longer want to be married to one another might have an amicable divorce.

Definitions of amiable
  1. adjective
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    “an amiable gathering”
    synonyms: affable, cordial, genial
    friendly
    characteristic of or befitting a friend
  2. adjective
    disposed to please
    “"an amiable villain with a cocky sidelong grin"- Hal Hinson”
    synonyms: good-humored, good-humoured
    good-natured
    having an easygoing and cheerful disposition
Commonly confused words

amicable / amiable

Amicable refers to a friendliness or goodwill between people or groups. Amiable refers to one person’s friendly disposition. A group might have an amicable meeting, because the people there are amiable.

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