He even smiled, but not propitiatingly; it was almost patent that the return of his chance superior was welcome.
"Well, he better not get you down on him," said Albert propitiatingly.
Mister Wull, Jehoshaphat asked, propitiatingly, wont you be put ashore?
Holton, recovering himself quickly, spoke calmly, propitiatingly.
1580s, a back-formation from propritiation and in part from propitiate (adj.), from Latin propitiatus, past participle of propitiare "appease, propitiate" (see propitiation). Related: Propitiated; propitiating; propitiatingly; propitiable (1550s).