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Definition a friendly manner — especially in a difficult situation
  • 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've split as amicably as possible.
    Stephanie Perkins  --  Anna and the French Kiss
  • amicably = in a friendly manner
  • Their conversation had begun amicably enough, a simple discussion of who would take care of the cat while they were both out of town: she in Indianapolis for a concert, he in Lexington to help his mother.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • amicably = in a friendly manner
  • Her other affairs had ended differently, swiftly or slowly, amicably or not, but none with this element of uneasiness.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • She says it's because their divorce is amicable (um, no) and Seany and I need a father figure in our lives, but all they ever do is fight.
    Stephanie Perkins  --  Anna and the French Kiss
  • Still, when the tape ended, she had forced herself to sit down and count up her affairs—short-lived and long, passionate and detached, bitter and amicable—over the years.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • 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
  • [Malone and Ramsden go out very amicably through the little gate.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Arya said, "I would hope that the two. of you could come to an amicable agreement, and—".
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Dinner's in the fridge," she said in a slightly more amicable tone.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • " The guests offer an amicable laugh at Hilly's plug.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Far from amicably, it appears.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • 'That's quite true, Madame Mantalini,' said Miss Knag, with whom her late employer had secretly come to an amicable understanding on this point.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I said, reaching over and shaking his shoulder amicably as I thought.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Jim told me he had been received at first with an abject display of the most amicable sentiments.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The reunion of the Adamses and Jefferson in New York was appropriately amicable.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Colonel Cathcart demanded, and then smiled amicably.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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

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