1 [pley-keyt, plak-eyt]
verb (used with object), placated, placating.
to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.

1670–80; < Latin plācātus past participle of plācāre to quiet, calm, appease, akin to placēre to please; see -ate1

placater, noun
placation [pley-key-shuhn] , noun
unplacated, adjective

conciliate, satisfy. Unabridged
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placate (pləˈkeɪt)
(tr) to pacify or appease
[C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. placatus, pp. of placare "to calm, appease," related to placere (see please).
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Example sentences
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.
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