characterized by or showing goodwill; friendly; peaceable:
an amicable settlement.
An appearance of amicability was assumed, and to the old argument they went, baiting the poor author like a bear tied to a stake.
Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
Promptly, inexplicably, with amicability, gratefully it was declined.
Ulysses James Joyce
characterized by friendliness: an amicable agreement
1650s, see amicable + -ity.
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.
- Amicable number
either of a pair of positive integers in which each member is equal to the sum of the submultiples of the other, as 220 and 284.
an oblong vestment, usually of white linen, worn about the neck and shoulders and partly under the alb. . Historical Examples Is this the amice of the friar you saw issue from the copse? Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II Alexander Huth But no one had seen the child that morning, and amice declared […]
- Amici curiae
a person, not a party to the litigation, who volunteers or is invited by the court to give advice upon some matter pending before it. Historical Examples Yet as amici curiae, we would have thought that that Tottenham Road carpet might have been kept out of Court. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, August […]
- Amici prism
a compound prism that spreads out incident white light into a spectrum but produces no deviation of the central color of the dispersed beam.