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
  1. adjective
    characterized by friendship and good will
    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
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    characterized by enmity or ill will
    having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
    not disposed to friendship or friendliness
    aggressive, belligerent
    characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
    adversarial, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical
    characterized by antagonism or antipathy
    at loggerheads
    in a dispute or confrontation
    proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity
    expressing or revealing hostility or dislike
    characterized by direct opposition
    indicating hostility or enmity
    opponent, opposing
    characterized by active hostility
    inimical, unfriendly
    not friendly
    evoking or deserving hatred
    for the purpose of attack rather than defense
    not peaceful
    acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
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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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