What is the difference between amiable and amicable?

 

Those of you who remember your Latin will realise that these words are related to ‘friend’.

We use amiable to refer to people who are friendly, easy-going and likeable. An amiable person is a pleasant person.

Amicable can never be applied to people. Amicable is applied to relationships that are friendly.

Let’s use the two words in one sentence:

  • Two amiable men had a long and amicable business relationship.

 

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