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conciliatory

[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsɪl i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
tending to conciliate:
a conciliatory manner; conciliatory comments.
Also, conciliative
[kuh n-sil-ee-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv, -sil-yuh-] /kənˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv, -ˈsɪl yə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of conciliatory
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; conciliate + -ory1
Related forms
conciliatorily, adverb
conciliatoriness, noun
nonconciliatory, adjective
unconciliative, adjective
unconciliatory, adjective
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Examples from the Web for conciliatory
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  • The phrasing was unfortunate, though its conciliatory intention was obvious.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • I congratulate you on the conciliatory spirit that's been displayed.

    Strife (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • But he first procures himself a hearing by conciliatory words.

    Apology Plato
  • He was now as bitter of speech as he had formerly been conciliatory.

  • The conciliatory words he had in mind to speak he now suppressed.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for conciliatory

conciliatory

/kənˈsɪljətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
intended to placate or reconcile
Derived Forms
conciliatorily, adverb
conciliatoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for conciliatory
adj.

1570s, from conciliate + -ory. Related: Conciliator.

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