[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


tending to conciliate: a conciliatory manner; conciliatory comments.

Also con·cil·i·a·tive [kuh n-sil-ee-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv, -sil-yuh-] /kənˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv, -ˈsɪl yə-/.

Origin of conciliatory

First recorded in 1570–80; conciliate + -ory1
Related formscon·cil·i·a·to·ri·ly, adverbcon·cil·i·a·to·ri·ness, nounnon·con·cil·i·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·con·cil·i·a·tive, adjectiveun·con·cil·i·a·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conciliatorily

Historical Examples of conciliatorily

  • "Well, I wish to goodness there was some chance of realizing your hopes," said Charley, conciliatorily.

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston

  • "My pardner's only envious because he hain't no paper collars nor fine clothes," said Si, conciliatorily.

British Dictionary definitions for conciliatorily


conciliative (kənˈsɪljətɪv)


intended to placate or reconcile
Derived Formsconciliatorily, adverbconciliatoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for conciliatorily



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper