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It was an amicable divorce.
  a friendly manner — especially in a difficult situation
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  • It was an amicable divorce.
  • The two countries have a productive and amicable relationship.
  • Although we disagree, I think we can reach an amicable compromise.
  • They’d chat for a minute or so about nothing important and then amicably go their separate ways.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • Amicability was not Sam’s greatest virtue.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I said, reaching over and shaking his shoulder amicably as I thought.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Walt’s split from his first wife, Marcia, was not a clean or amicable parting.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • If goats could be brought to live amicably with rhinoceros, why not orang-utans with hyenas?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Colonel Cathcart demanded, and then smiled amicably.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • In his youth he had felt an amicable contempt for the works of Guy Francon or Ralston Holcombe, and emulating them had seemed no more than innocent quackery.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Judging by the calmly moderate and amicable tone in which the French Emperor spoke, Balashev was firmly persuaded that he wished for peace and intended to enter into negotiations.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Tita’s entrance stopped the discussion and forced them to try to begin a conversation in a more amicable tone.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Thus it is not surprising that, within a month, the problems of InGen were quietly and amicably settled.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • She nodded amicably to Poirot.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Mr. Rearden, this is an amicable discussion.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Let us arrange this matter in an amicable way.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • To be brief, I bought a settlement next door to an honest and kind neighbour, born at Lisbon, of English parents, whose plantation joining to mine, we improved it very amicably together.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • In the course of these civilities, a few sentences were exchanged, that served to establish the appearance of an amicable intercourse between the parties.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • An impromptu circus, fox and geese, and an amicable game of croquet finished the afternoon.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • They all knew each other, and felt like one large family, among whom existed the most amicable relations.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The whole thing can be arranged amicably; there is no reason why anyone should know anything about it.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • An unpleasant matter, but amicably settled.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Matters being thus amicably and satisfactorily arranged, the contract was solemnly ratified in another teacupful of the peppermint mixture; which was rendered the more necessary, by the flutter and agitation of the lady’s spirits.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • And they must be on amicable terms to be coming home together at this hour and in this condition.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • We came to an amicable agreement: the watch was hidden under the cupboard, the chain beneath the fingerboard of Father’s violin and the money was jammed into the window frame.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Promptly, inexplicably, with amicability, gratefully it was declined.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But one fact was indubitable—she was in amicable relations with the highest dignitaries of all the churches and sects.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Madame Defarge and monsieur her husband returned amicably to the bosom of Saint Antoine, while a speck in a blue cap toiled through the darkness, and through the dust, and down the weary miles of avenue by the wayside, slowly tending towards that point of the compass where the chateau of Monsieur the Marquis, now in his grave, listened to the whispering trees.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • She made her sit down by her on an ottoman, and began talking to her as amicably as if she had known her a long time.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The matter being thus amicably settled, Mr. Micawber gave Mrs. Micawber his arm, and glancing at the heap of books and papers lying before Traddles on the table, said they would leave us to ourselves; which they ceremoniously did.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They lived amicably enough in the two-storey house in town, though for some time now the son had refused, quiet and firm, to eat any food prepared by the slave woman who had raised him from babyhood.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Mrs. Crawley and the landlord had a consultation about the new hangings, an amicable wrangle about the carpets, and a final adjustment of everything except the bill.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The chiefs were chatting amicably among themselves when the commandant of the marine corps looked up and spotted Ryan.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • As his lawsuit with the monastery still dragged on, he made it the pretext for seeing the Superior, in order to attempt to settle it amicably.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "It wasn’t meant to be disagreeable," he returned amicably.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Between people like us threats are out of place, everything should be amicably arranged.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The divorce had become final only a few months earlier, but it had been amicable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Next day the court is all alive—is like a fair, as Mrs. Perkins, more than reconciled to Mrs. Piper, says in amicable conversation with that excellent woman.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I knew we should come to an amicable agreement.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Meanwhile, choose whether you will summon Clifford, and allow this business to be amicably settled by an interview between two kinsmen, or drive me to harsher measures, which I should be most happy to feel myself justified in avoiding.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Mr. and Mrs. Glegg talked quite amicably about the Tullivers that evening.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • They parted amicably, and Smith went, of all places, to the East, signing on as trainer for cosmetic queen Elizabeth Arden Graham.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I had been so long wandering with lawless people, and making my bed upon the hills and under the bare sky, that to sit once more in a clean, covered house, and to talk amicably with a gentleman in broadcloth, seemed mighty elevations.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • …surround us with a ring of golden peace, I uttered a silent prayer that we might not be parted far or soon; but when, as we thus sat, Mr. Rochester entered, unannounced, and looking at us, seemed to take pleasure in the spectacle of a group so amicable — when he said he supposed the old lady was all right now that she had got her adopted daughter back again, and added that he saw Adele was "prete e croquer sa petite maman Anglaise" — I half ventured to hope that he would, even after…
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The curate settled all amicably, and Don Fernando paid; though the Judge had also very readily offered to pay the score; and all became so peaceful and quiet that the inn no longer reminded one of the discord of Agramante’s camp, as Don Quixote said, but of the peace and tranquillity of the days of Octavianus: for all which it was the universal opinion that their thanks were due to the great zeal and eloquence of the curate, and to the unexampled generosity of Don Fernando.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Here they had chatted amicably for some time, when suddenly, without any warning, the deputy had fallen heavily to the ground.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • There was a little steel in her temper, it’s true, and, as old Hutter is pretty much flint, they struck out sparks once-and-a-while; but, on the whole, they might be said to live amicable like.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • He was against an immediate complaint to government, and thought the proprietaries should first be personally appli’d to, who might possibly be induc’d by the interposition and persuasion of some private friends, to accommodate matters amicably.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • A name that I am so very well acquainted with; knew the gentleman so well by sight; seen him a hundred times; came to consult me once, I remember, about a trespass of one of his neighbours; farmer’s man breaking into his orchard; wall torn down; apples stolen; caught in the fact; and afterwards, contrary to my judgement, submitted to an amicable compromise.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • During her excursions through the city with her mother, Lou had met colored people who loaded the trash, flagged down the cabs, heaved the bags, scooted after others’ children, cleaned the streets, washed the windows, shined the shoes, cooked the food, and did the laundry, and took, in amicable measures, the insults and tips of their white clientele.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
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