Describes a relationship that is characterized by friendliness, peace, and mutual agreement.


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Part of speech



friendly, harmonious, peaceable, cooperative


antagonistic, hostile, inimical, hostile

Example sentences:

  • The two companies came to an amicable agreement after months of negotiations.
  • After some discussion, they were able to come to an amicable agreement.
  • Despite the disagreements they had in the past, they maintained an amicable relationship.


While amiable and affable are often used interchangeably, the word “amicable” has a slightly different meaning. It is derived from the Latin word “amicus,” which means “friend.” The suffix “-able” means “able to be,” so the word “amicable” means “able to be friendly.” An amicable relationship is one that is characterized by goodwill and a lack of hostility or animosity. This word is often used to describe the resolution of a conflict or disagreement in a peaceful and cooperative manner.