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conciliatory

[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. tending to conciliate: a conciliatory manner; conciliatory comments.
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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
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Related Words

calm, civil, disarming, pacific, peaceable, quiet, willing, irenic, appeasing, placating, placatory

Examples from the Web for conciliatory

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

conciliative (kənˈsɪljətɪv)

adjective
  1. intended to placate or reconcile
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Derived Formsconciliatorily, adverbconciliatoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for conciliatory

adj.

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

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