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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amicable  \Am"i*ca*ble\,  a.  [L.  amicabilis  fr  amicus  friend, 
  fr  amare  to  love.  See  {Amiable}.] 
  Friendly;  proceeding  from  or  exhibiting,  friendliness;  after 
  the  manner  of  friends;  peaceable;  as  an  amicable 
  disposition,  or  arrangement. 
 
  That  which  was  most  remarkable  in  this  contest  was  .  . 
  .  the  amicable  manner  in  which  it  was  managed. 
  --Prideoux. 
 
  {Amicable  action}  (Law.),  an  action  commenced  and  prosecuted 
  by  amicable  consent  of  the  parties,  for  the  purpose  of 
  obtaining  a  decision  of  the  court  on  some  matter  of  law 
  involved  in  it  --Bouvier.  --Burrill. 
 
  {Amicable  numbers}  (Math.),  two  numbers,  each  of  which  is 
  equal  to  the  sum  of  all  the  aliquot  parts  of  the  other 
 
  Syn:  Friendly;  peaceable;  kind  harmonious. 
 
  Usage:  {Amicable},  {Friendly}.  Neither  of  these  words  denotes 
  any  great  warmth  of  affection,  since  friendly  has  by 
  no  means  the  same  strength  as  its  noun  friendship.  It 
  does  however,  imply  something  of  real  cordiality; 
  while  amicable  supposes  very  little  more  than  that  the 
  parties  referred  to  are  not  disposed  to  quarrel. 
  Hence  we  speak  of  amicable  relations  between  two 
  countries,  an  amicable  adjustment  of  difficulties. 
  ``Those  who  entertain  friendly  feelings  toward  each 
  other  can  live  amicably  together.'' 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  amicable 
  adj  :  characterized  by  friendship  and  good  will  [ant:  {hostile}] 




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