[ pley-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, plak-uh- ]
/ ˈpleɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈplæk ə- /


serving, tending, or intended to placate: a placatory reply.

Origin of placatory

From the Late Latin word plācātōrius, dating back to 1630–40. See placate1, -tory1
Related formsun·pla·ca·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for placatory


less commonly placative (pləˈkeɪtɪv, ˈplækətɪv)

/ (pləˈkeɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /


placating or intended to placate
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Word Origin and History for placatory



1630s, from Latin placatorius "pertaining to appeasing," from placat-, past participle stem of placare "to appease" (see placate).

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