A question of nuance: ‘amiable’ and amicable’

How would an English-speaking person explain the difference between amiable and amicable? Which is the more friendly?


Neither is “more friendly”. They aren’t the same, nor are they usually applied to the same situation.

  • People are called amiable if they are kindly souls with a friendly and good-natured disposition.
  • Arrangements are called amicable if they are settled with mutual goodwill and without adversarial friction.

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