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[kuh n-sil-ee-eyt] /kənˈsɪl iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), conciliated, conciliating.
to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over:
to conciliate an angry competitor.
to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
to make compatible; reconcile.
verb (used without object), conciliated, conciliating.
to become agreeable or reconciled:
Efforts to conciliate in the dispute proved fruitless.
Origin of conciliate
1540-50; < Latin conciliātus (past participle of conciliāre to bring together, unite, equivalent to concili(um) council + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-buh l] /kənˈsɪl i ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
conciliatingly, adverb
conciliation, noun
nonconciliating, adjective
proconciliation, adjective
unconciliable, adjective
unconciliated, adjective
unconciliating, adjective
1. See appease. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conciliate
  • The problem is to conciliate the different cultures and life styles involved.
  • Small favors conciliate, but great gifts make enemies.
  • The commission made a determination of probable cause, and the two parties agreed to conciliate the matter.
  • Prior to the conclusion of the investigation, the parties decided to conciliate the matter.
  • Charge with reasonable cause determination closed after efforts to conciliate the charge are unsuccessful.
  • Prior to litigation, the parties agreed to conciliate the matter.
  • Prior to completion of the investigation, the parties agreed to conciliate.
  • If they conclude that discrimination occurred, they will attempt to conciliate.
  • Over the next several months, the parties engaged in numerous correspondence in an attempt to conciliate their dispute.
  • Staff is responsible for making a good faith effort to conciliate these matters.
British Dictionary definitions for conciliate


verb (transitive)
to overcome the hostility of; placate; win over
to win or gain (favour, regard, etc), esp by making friendly overtures
(archaic) to make compatible; reconcile
Derived Forms
conciliable, adjective
conciliator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conciliāre to bring together, from conciliumcouncil
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Word Origin and History for conciliate

1540s, from Latin conciliatus, past participle of conciliare "to bring together, unite in feelings, make friendly," from concilium "council" (see council). Related: Conciliated; conciliating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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