Amicable vs Friendship - What's the difference?

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As an adjective amicable

is showing friendliness or goodwill.

As a noun friendship is

(uncountable) the condition of being friends.




(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




  • (uncountable) The condition of being friends.
  • (countable) A friendly relationship, or a relationship as friends.
  • (uncountable) Good will.
  • Antonyms

    * (l) * (l)

    Derived terms

    * friendshipful * friendshipless * friendshiplike * friendshiply * friendshipped * friendshipping * friendshippish/friendshipish * friendshippy/friendshipy * guestfriendship

    See also

    * friending * mateship