(especially of a person in public office) advocating peace, compromise, or a conciliatory national attitude:Mr. Weizman made his name as one of Israel's most celebrated fighting men, yet he worked to transform himself into a dovish politician.
Economics. advocating low interest rates or other monetary policies aimed at reducing unemployment rather than inflation:With the jobless rate in double digits, the same dovish remarks can be expected from other Federal Reserve officials.
like or resembling a dove or any of the bird’s typical features or behaviors:The sofa fabric is a soft dovish gray.
- Also dove·like [duhv-lahyk] /ˈdʌvˌlaɪk/ .
- dov·ish·ness, noun
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How to use dovish in a sentence
The Kentucky senator was supposed to herald a newly dovish GOP.
We must get over this dovish thing, this lily-livered and feline urge to withdraw from battle.
No Republican presidential candidate in recent memory has won the nomination on a dovish or non-interventionist platform.Is Rand Paul a Secret Hawk? Or Maybe Not a Total Dove? | James Kirchick | May 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If he chooses to take the plunge, he will likely find himself alone in the dovish end of the GOP pool.Will Rand Paul’s Unorthodox Foreign Policy Fit in the GOP? | Kristen Soltis Anderson | April 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even those who simply wished to reform the rabbinate lost out, as the dovish candidate, Rabbi David Stav, was soundly defeated.