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friendly Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces
    • friendlies came to their rescue
  2. adjective characteristic of or befitting a friend
    • friendly advice
    • a friendly neighborhood
    • the only friendly person here
    • a friendly host and hostess
  3. adjective satellite inclined to help or support; not antagonistic or hostile
    well-disposed; favorable.
    • a government friendly to our interests
    • an amicable agreement
  4. adjective easy to understand or use
    • user-friendly computers
    • a consumer-friendly policy
    • a reader-friendly novel
  5. adjective of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally
    • in friendly territory
    • he was accidentally killed by friendly fire

Friend"ly adjective
AS. freéndl&imac;ce.
  1. Having the temper and disposition of a friend; disposed to promote the good of another; kind; favorable.
  2. Appropriate to, or implying, friendship; befitting friends; amicable.
    In friendly relations with his moderate opponents. Macaulay.
  3. Not hostile; as, a friendly power or state.
  4. Promoting the good of any person; favorable; propitious; serviceable; as, a friendly breeze or gale.
    On the first friendly bank he throws him down. Addison.
    Syn. -- Amicable; kind; conciliatory; propitious; favorable. See Amicable.
Friend"ly adverb
  1. In the manner of friends; amicably; like friends. Obs. Shak.
    In whom all graces that can perfect beauty Are friendly met. Beau. & Fl.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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