Friendly means acting in a non-threatening manner toward and/or showing kindness to someone, as a friend would behave. Thus friendly implies a mode of friendship as distinct from amiable or genial. Professional service is expected to be amiable or genial but not necessarily friendly. The opposite is unfriendly or even hostile.
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Famous quotes containing the word friendly:
“However much we may differ in the choice of the measures which should guide the administration of the government, there can be but little doubt in the minds of those who are really friendly to the republican features of our system that one of its most important securities consists in the separation of the legislative and executive powers at the same time that each is acknowledged to be supreme, in the will of the people constitutionally expressed.”
—Andrew Jackson (17671845)
“Being blunt with your feelings is very American. In this big country, I can be as brash as New York, as hedonistic as Los Angeles, as sensuous as San Francisco, as brainy as Boston, as proper as Philadelphia, as brawny as Chicago, as warm as Palm Springs, as friendly as my adopted home town of Dallas, Fort Worth, and as peaceful as the inland waterway that rubs up against my former home in Virginia Beach.”
—Martina Navratilova (b. 1956)
“There St. John mingles with my friendly bowl
The feast of reason and the flow of soul;”
—Alexander Pope (16881744)