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amicable and amiable

I have always had a problem sorting out the differences between these two words. The first, "amicable", seems the most different. It seems to be applied mainly to pleasantly- resolved situations ("an amicable agreement"). I would suppose one would rarely, if ever, use it in reference to the disposition of a human being, but correct me if I'm wrong, of course. The later is harder. Both can be applied to people. Is there a precise distinction between and "amiable" and "amicable"?

Online dictionaries don't seem to present a clear- cut difference. I wondered if one word applies more to a person's friendliness as perceived by others, whereas the other is more descriptive of the friendliness of the individual sans reference to outside impressions? I was once told by a grade school teacher that there were no such things as perfect synonyms, so I am assuming these two, different sounding words have a distinction.

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