characterized by or showing goodwill; friendly; peaceable:
an amicable settlement.
Contemporary Examples

“It was a very peaceful, amicable, lovely divorce, where my siblings and I had a great, fun, healthy childhood,” he says.
Adam Scott on ‘A.C.O.D.,’ Love & Divorce Kevin Fallon October 4, 2013

This dispute did not make for an amicable parting, according to investigators.
Beautician’s Murder a Strange Tale of Contract Killing and a Sex Change Winston Ross February 7, 2012

But my sources say their interactions with BP haven’t been so amicable.
BP’s Windfall to the Rich Rick Outzen June 2, 2010

Ours was an amicable split, borne out of practical necessity.
My Therapist Dumped Me Lizzie Crocker April 3, 2014

The Microsoft-Ballmer split may be the rare case in which an amicable divorce leaves both parties richer.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Finally Out After a 13-Year Reign Daniel Gross August 22, 2013

Historical Examples

Difficulties concerning interoceanic transit through Nicaragua are in course of amicable adjustment.
The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven Abraham Lincoln

Let us talk it over in an amicable manner, even if we come to no arrangement.
A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr

She was amicable, conversable, all that was agreeable as a woman, and she was the chillest of wives.
Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete George Meredith

On getting here, finding him to be amicable, I tried him on.
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 4, April 23, 1870 Various

The two positions were abandoned, and the Committee separated on amicable terms.
The Felon’s Track Michael Doheny

characterized by friendliness: an amicable agreement

early 15c., from Late Latin amicabilis “friendly,” a word in Roman law, from Latin amicus “friend,” related to amare “to love” (see Amy). Cf. also amiable.


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