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[pley-keyt, plak-eyt] /ˈpleɪ keɪt, ˈplæk eɪt/
verb (used with object), placated, placating.
to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures:
to placate an outraged citizenry.
Origin of placate1
1670-80; < Latin plācātus past participle of plācāre to quiet, calm, appease, akin to placēre to please; see -ate1
Related forms
placater, noun
[pley-key-shuh n] /pleɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
unplacated, adjective
conciliate, satisfy. Unabridged
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  • As you indicated, there is no placating such an individual, and the only thing they respond to is a show of strength.
  • But building both is paramount and possible, if politicians focus on leadership rather than placating impulsive voters.
  • These may do the job of placating angry readers, but both miss the point.
  • Because of this, placating the privileged group may simply serve to postpone a necessary reform.
  • placating protesting workers may help calm a tense situation.
  • If not, its leaders will need placating, which will amount to the same thing.
  • The first involves placating regulators, who fret that it may be abusing its considerable power.
  • Regional autonomy has undoubtedly channelled more money to the regions, placating disgruntled local elites.
  • Although these answers may go some way to placating the public, they fail to address some trickier questions.
  • Unfortunately, placating disgruntled people can never get rid of terrorism.
British Dictionary definitions for placating


(transitive) to pacify or appease
Derived Forms
placation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable
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Word Origin and History for placating



1670s, a back-formation from placation or else from Latin placatus "soothed, quiet, gentle, calm, peaceful," past participle of placare "to calm, appease, quiet, soothe, assuage," related to placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly.

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