Amicable vs Admirable - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between amicable and admirable

is that amicable is showing friendliness or goodwill while admirable is deserving of the highest esteem or admiration.




(en adjective)
  • Showing friendliness or goodwill.
  • They hoped to reach an amicable agreement.
    He was an amicable fellow with an easy smile.

    Usage notes

    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”.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

    Derived terms

    * amicability * amicableness * amicable number * amicably





    (en adjective)
  • Deserving of the highest esteem or admiration.
  • It's admirable that Shelley overcame her handicap and excelled in her work.