When you do something amicably, you're doing it politely and nicely. It's best to deal with traffic cops and waiters amicably.
- Pronunciation: /'æmikəbli/
- English description: in an amicable manner
- Synonyms: friendly
- Chinese Translation: 友善地(you3 shan4 de)
- Spanish Translation: amistosamente
- ORIGIN: This word for doing things in a pleasant manner is often used in not so amicable situations. Let's say a couple gets divorced — if they parted amicably, then there wasn't a lot of yelling and screaming, and they both agreed to it. You could say two countries that dislike each other had a meeting of their leaders that was conducted amicably: they were polite and said nice things, even though that's not necessarily how they felt.
- "The settlement amicably resolves the matter as the most efficient way to minimize cost," the firm said.
- But with such clear and measurable results, they have not been required, as disputes have been settled amicably.
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