Definition: mutual friendship; social or communal peacefulness; characterized by shared good will; harmonious

Derivation: Old Latin, “to love”; Latin, “a friend”

     Amicable always supposes two or more peaceful parties with a desire not to resort to quarreling; a single individual would not be described as amicable, though he or she may be called friendly which stresses warmth, personal cordiality, and possibly intimacy; neighborly implies a disposition to be on good terms with others even to the point of helpfulness.

Quote: All politeness is owing to liberty. We polish one another, and rub off our corners and rough sides by a sort of amicable collision. To restrain this, is inevitably to bring a rust upon men’s understandings. — Anthony Nils Christian Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury (1938–2004) British conservationist