[plak-uh-buh l, pley-kuh-]


capable of being placated, pacified, or appeased; forgiving.

Origin of placable

1490–1500; < Old French < Latin plācābilis. See placate1, -able
Related formsplac·a·bil·i·ty, plac·a·ble·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

Word Origin for placable

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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