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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [am-i-kuh-buh l]
    • /ˈæm ɪ kə bəl/
    • /ˈæm.ɪ.kə.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [am-i-kuh-buh l]
    • /ˈæm ɪ kə bəl/

Definitions of amicable word

  • adjective amicable When people have an amicable relationship, they are pleasant to each other and solve their problems without quarrelling. 3
  • adjective amicable characterized by friendliness 3
  • adjective amicable friendly in feeling; showing good will; peaceable 3
  • adjective amicable characterized by or showing goodwill; friendly; peaceable: an amicable settlement. 1
  • noun amicable (of relations between people) Having a spirit of friendliness; without serious disagreement or rancor. 1
  • adjective amicable person: friendly 1

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Origin of amicable

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin amīcābilis, equivalent to amīc(us) friend, friendly + -ābilis -able; cf. amiable

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Parts of speech for Amicable


amicable popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for amicable

adj amicable

  • cordial — Cordial means friendly.
  • amiable — Someone who is amiable is friendly and pleasant to be with.
  • civil — You use civil to describe events that happen within a country and that involve the different groups of people in it.
  • polite — showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
  • neighborly — having or showing qualities befitting a neighbor; friendly.

adjective amicable

  • good-natured — having or showing a pleasant, kindly disposition; amiable: a warm, good-natured person.
  • agreeable — If something is agreeable, it is pleasant and you enjoy it.
  • neighbourly — (British, Canada) Showing the qualities of a friendly and helpful neighbour.
  • cosy — A house or room that is cosy is comfortable and warm.

Antonyms for amicable

adj amicable

  • unfriendly — not amicable; not friendly or kindly in disposition; unsympathetic; aloof: an unfriendly coldness of manner.
  • unsociable — not sociable; having, showing, or marked by a disinclination to friendly social relations; withdrawn.
  • impolite — not polite or courteous; discourteous; rude: an impolite reply.
  • uncivil — without good manners; unmannerly; rude; impolite; discourteous.
  • unmannerly — not mannerly; impolite; discourteous; coarse.

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