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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    Got it! thanks. Googled a bit more (which is what I should have done in the first place) and found this: "A group might have an amicable meeting, because the people there are amiable."
    – user48348
    Jul 23 '13 at 16:24
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    +1. Since the asker is Swedish, I might add that ‘amiable’ = vänlig, whereas ‘amicable’ = vänskaplig in Swedish. Jul 23 '13 at 16:24
  • In order to make the answer more strong, why don't you add a last sentence saying "So, 'amiable' applies to person while 'amicable' to relations between person"?
    – user19148
    Jul 23 '13 at 22:03

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