From Late Latin amīcābilis (“friendly”); see amiable.
amicable (comparative more amicable, superlative most amicable)
- Showing friendliness or goodwill.
- They hoped to reach an amicable agreement.
- He was an amicable fellow with an easy smile.
Amicable is particularly used of relationships or agreements (especially legal proceedings, such as divorce), with meaning ranging from simply “not quarrelsome, mutually consenting” to “quite friendly”. By contrast, the similar term amiable is especially used to mean “pleasant, lovable”, such as an “amiable smile”.
showing friendliness or goodwill
- ^ The Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary, Martin Manser and Nigel Turton, eds., 1987, cited in “Wordmaster: amiable, amicable”, all songs lead back t' the sea, 23 Oct 2009, by NTWrong