friendly

friendly UK US /ˈfrendli/ adjective
WORKPLACE, FINANCE relating to situations in which the owners or directors of a company are willing to sell it to another company that wants to buy it: a friendly merger/offer/takeover »

The board is seeking a higher price in exchange for entering into a friendly merger agreement.

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The friendly takeover will instantly force competitors to bring down their prices.

Compare HOSTILE(Cf. hostile)
(often used in compounds) easy to use or suitable for members of a particular group to use: »

Their website is particularly friendly to use.

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a customer-friendly bank

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a child-friendly working environment

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We need to continue to make the shopping area more pedestrian-friendly.

See also FAMILY-FRIENDLY(Cf. ↑family-friendly), ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY(Cf. ↑environmentally-friendly), USER-FRIENDLY(Cf. ↑user-friendly)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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