Amicable vs Amiable - What's the difference?

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Amiable is a related term of amicable.

Amicable is a related term of amiable.


As adjectives the difference between amicable and amiable

is that amicable is showing friendliness or goodwill while amiable is friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.

amicable

English

Adjective

(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]”, ''[http://itsmypulp.wordpress.com/ all songs lead back t' the sea], 23 Oct 2009, by [http://itsmypulp.wordpress.com/author/itsmypulp/ NTWrong

    Derived terms

    * amicability * amicableness * amicable number * amicably

    References

    amiable

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Friendly; kind; sweet; gracious; as, an amiable temper or mood; amiable ideas.
  • *
  • *:A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
  • Possessing sweetness of disposition; having sweetness of temper; kindhearted; which causes one to be liked; as, an amiable person.
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  • *:A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
  • Usage notes

    * See (amicable).

    Synonyms

    * likable

    Derived terms

    () * amiability * amiableness * amiably