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[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsɪl i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
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)
Origin of conciliatory
First recorded in 1570-80; conciliate + -ory1
Related forms
conciliatorily, adverb
conciliatoriness, noun
nonconciliatory, adjective
unconciliative, adjective
unconciliatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unconciliatory
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  • He paused, glancing doubtfully at his most unconciliatory companion.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • Then follows Ann's reply, which may be judged not unconciliatory when her fierce temperament is taken into consideration.

    Lord Chatham Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
  • We may gather from some expressions of the poet that he was of a rash and haughty and unconciliatory temper.

  • The speaker's appearance was disreputable, and his manner morose, sullen, and unconciliatory.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • But the unconciliatory tone of Sussex made the scene painful, and such as Cecil would have given much to avoid.

  • The king and the nation generally had no sympathy with their complaints and were unconciliatory.

  • Sir Robert Peel stated his case in a speech which was thought to be haughty and unconciliatory.

  • She reproached herself with having been proud and unconciliatory, though I doubt whether it made much difference.

    Love and Life Charlotte M. Yonge
  • His language was then deemed too harsh and unconciliatory, and hundreds, I among the number, denounced him in unmeasured terms.

  • In manner it was unbending and unconciliatory; in substance, it was a complete rejection of all the British demands.

    The War in South Africa

    Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for unconciliatory


/kənˈsɪljətərɪ; -trɪ/
intended to placate or reconcile
Derived Forms
conciliatorily, adverb
conciliatoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unconciliatory



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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