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for Amicable action
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Amicable \Am"i*ca*ble\, a. [L. amicabilis, fr. amicus friend,
fr. amare to love. See Amiable.]
Friendly; proceeding from, or exhibiting, friendliness; after
the manner of friends; peaceable; as, an amicable
disposition, or arrangement.
That which was most remarkable in this contest was . .
. the amicable manner in which it was managed.
Amicable action (Law.), an action commenced and prosecuted
by amicable consent of the parties, for the purpose of
obtaining a decision of the court on some matter of law
involved in it. --Bouvier. --Burrill.
Amicable numbers (Math.), two numbers, each of which is
equal to the sum of all the aliquot parts of the other.
Syn: Friendly; peaceable; kind; harmonious.
Usage: Amicable, Friendly. Neither of these words denotes
any great warmth of affection, since friendly has by
no means the same strength as its noun friendship. It
does, however, imply something of real cordiality;
while amicable supposes very little more than that the
parties referred to are not disposed to quarrel.
Hence, we speak of amicable relations between two
countries, an amicable adjustment of difficulties.
"Those who entertain friendly feelings toward each
other can live amicably together."
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
AMICABLE ACTION, Pennsylvania practice. An action entered by agreement of
parties on the dockets of the courts; when entered, such action is
considered as if it, had been adversely commenced, and the defendant had
been regularly summoned. An amicable action may be entered by attorney,
independently of the provisions of the act of 1866. 8 Er & R. 567.
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