Amenable vs Amicable – What’s the difference?

Amenable vs Amicable - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between amenable and amicable is that amenable is willing to respond to persuasion or suggestions while amicable is showing friendliness or goodwill.




(en adjective )

  • Willing to respond to persuasion or suggestions.
  • Willing to comply with; agreeable.
  • (math, of a group) Being a locally compact topological group carrying a kind of averaging operation on bounded functions that is invariant under translation by group elements.
  • Antonyms

    * unamenable






    (en adjective )

  • Showing friendliness or goodwill.
  • They hoped to reach an amicable agreement.
    He was an amicable fellow with an easy smile.

    Usage notes

    Amicable is particularly used of relationships or agreements (especially legal proceedings, such as divorce), with meaning ranging from simply “not quarrelsome, mutually consenting” to “quite friendly”. By contrast, the similar term amiable is especially used to mean “pleasant, lovable”, such as an “amiable smile”.The Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary,” Martin Manser and Nigel Turton, eds., 1987, cited in “ Wordmaster: amiable, amicable]”, ”[ all songs lead back t’ the sea], 23 Oct 2009, by [ NTWrong

    Derived terms

    * amicability
    * amicableness
    * amicable number
    * amicably