[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 conciliatory

Contemporary Examples of conciliatory

  • Barack Obama, running as a conciliatory pragmatist in 2008, did even better with some 50 percent.

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    The Progressives’ War on Suburbia

    Joel Kotkin

    November 16, 2014

  • Their relationships with each other range from conciliatory to borderline antagonistic.

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    Welcome to Assadville, USA

    Christopher Moraff

    November 11, 2014

  • Zawahiri was conciliatory but stern, commanding ISIS to leave Syria and go back to Iraq, where the group was founded.

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    Welcome to Jihad City, Syria

    Jacob Siegel

    May 6, 2014

  • Vastly outnumbered by halfwits and fellow travellers, I reached for the most conciliatory point available.

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    No Mas Democracia

    Michael Moynihan

    February 19, 2014

  • I think there is no interest in finding a central and conciliatory way forward.

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    Standoff in Taksim

    Mike Giglio

    June 12, 2013

Historical Examples of conciliatory

  • 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.



  • 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


conciliative (kənˈsɪljətɪv)


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper