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[plak-uh-buh l, pley-kuh-]
  1. capable of being placated, pacified, or appeased; forgiving.
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Origin of placable

1490–1500; < Old French < Latin plācābilis. See placate1, -able
Related formsplac·a·bil·i·ty, plac·a·ble·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The sweet, placable, scrupulous nature began to blame itself.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • To have both strong, but both selected: in the one, to be placable; in the other, immovable.

  • The two Houses met in the spring of 1640, in no placable frame of mind.

  • Nor, indeed, was the proper garrison of the fort in at all a placable mood.

  • Mrs Honour was altogether as placable as she was passionate.

British Dictionary definitions for placable


  1. easily placated or appeased
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Derived Formsplacability or placableness, nounplacably, adverb

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin plācābilis, from plācāre to appease; related to placēre to please
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Word Origin and History for placable


c.1500, "pleasing," from Middle French placable "forgiving, conciliatory" and directly from Latin placabilis "easily appeased or pacified," from placare "to appease" (see placate). From 1580s as "capable of being pleased." Related: Placably; placability.

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