[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 unconciliatory

Historical Examples of unconciliatory

  • He paused, glancing doubtfully at his most unconciliatory companion.

    Second String

    Anthony Hope

  • Then follows Ann's reply, which may be judged not unconciliatory when her fierce temperament is taken into consideration.

    Lord Chatham

    Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery

  • We may gather from some expressions of the poet that he was of a rash and haughty and unconciliatory temper.

  • The speaker's appearance was disreputable, and his manner morose, sullen, and unconciliatory.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • But the unconciliatory tone of Sussex made the scene painful, and such as Cecil would have given much to avoid.

British Dictionary definitions for unconciliatory


conciliative (kənˈsɪljətɪv)


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper