Amicable vs Peaceable - What's the difference?

amicable | peaceable |

As adjectives the difference between amicable and peaceable

is that amicable is showing friendliness or goodwill while peaceable is favouring peace rather than conflict; not aggressive, tending to avoid violence (of people, actions etc).




(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)
  • Favouring peace rather than conflict; not aggressive, tending to avoid violence (of people, actions etc.).
  • * 1999 , Faisal Bodi, The Guardian , 29 Dec 1999:
  • But in the Muslim world we are dealing with regimes who have banished, imprisoned, silenced or neutralised all opposition, even where this is entirely peaceable .
  • * 2011 , ‘Feeling understandably twitchy’, The Economist , 8 Feb 2011:
  • But if you talk to people here privately, they suggest there are three possible scenarios. The first (intended to sound incredible) is that Israel’s biggest neighbour will be transformed into a peaceable , pluralist democracy.
  • Characterized by peace; peaceful, tranquil.
  • * , Episode 16:
  • Though unusual in the Dublin area he knew that it was not by any means unknown for desperadoes who had next to nothing to live on to be abroad waylaying and generally terrorising peaceable pedestrians by placing a pistol at their head [...].

    Derived terms

    * peaceability * peaceableness * peaceably

    See also

    * peaceful