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[pley-key-tiv, -kuh-, plak-ey-tiv, plak-uh-]
  1. placatory.
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Origin of placative

First recorded in 1930–35; placate1 + -ive
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for placative

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Lincoln's placative words did not placate for the reason that they completely ignored the Southern contention.

    The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume I (of 2)

    George Cary Eggleston

  • Penrod's answer, like the look he lifted to the impressive stranger, was meek and placative.


    Booth Tarkington

  • "We are anxious to reach civilization, Professor," said Bentley, deciding to be placative with the old man.

  • The little man's voice was placative; his manner gravely ingratiating.

    Square Deal Sanderson

    Charles Alden Seltzer

  • And with a little flurry of placative laughter, she added: "At your age, of course!"