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[kuh n-sil-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsɪl i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
tending to conciliate:
a conciliatory manner; conciliatory comments.
Also, conciliative
[kuh n-sil-ee-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv, -sil-yuh-] /kənˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv, -ˈsɪl yə-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of conciliatory
1570-80; conciliate + -ory1
Related forms
conciliatorily, adverb
conciliatoriness, noun
nonconciliatory, adjective
unconciliative, adjective
unconciliatory, adjective Unabridged
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  • “Any ship is that—for a reasonable man,” generalised Marlow in a conciliatory tone.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • But he first procures himself a hearing by conciliatory words.

    Apology Plato
  • Every one was deeply moved and eager with conciliatory exhortation.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • She did her best to give that smile a conciliatory character.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Other minor defects there also were, but nothing that might not be remedied in Committee by conciliatory adjustments.

    Ireland Since Parnell Daniel Desmond Sheehan
British Dictionary definitions for conciliatory


/kənˈsɪljətərɪ; -trɪ/
intended to placate or reconcile
Derived Forms
conciliatorily, adverb
conciliatoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for conciliatory

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

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