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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 conciliating
Historical Examples
  • "Upon my word, I believe you do not exaggerate," said Gleeson, in a conciliating accent.

  • However, he checked the impulse and spoke in a conciliating tone.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • He was a man with a conciliating stoop in the shoulders, a long body, short legs, and a swaying walk.

    Peter Parley's Own Story Samuel G. Goodrich
  • I assured him of the truth of his observation in a most conciliating tone.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • It could not interfere with mental schemes for approaching and conciliating his wife.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • I must say the man could be most conciliating when he chose.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Old Man Curry's tone was apologetic and conciliating in the extreme.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • "That's right," assented one of the others, in a conciliating tone.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • This he has done in a manner equally strenuous and conciliating.

  • England and Germany appeared to be desirous of conciliating the United States.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
British Dictionary definitions for conciliating


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for conciliating



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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