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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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Examples from the web for conciliatory
  • It is usually on the basis of ideological identification that one is seen as conciliatory or not.
  • What my fellow science geeks seem to misunderstand is that the conciliatory approach is seen as a sign of weakness by the right.
  • Simply ignore all his statements which sound moderate and conciliatory.
  • Many moderates in the audience expected a conciliatory speech pledging party unity.
  • For public consumption, he has become something his friends and enemies would never recognize: cautious and conciliatory.
  • Her political opponents have given her little cause to feel conciliatory.
  • But if one must reach for such a goal, the logic goes, then a gradualist and conciliatory policy is the safest option.
  • Perhaps he felt he needed to write something conciliatory to soothe the wrath.
  • In fact, the history of cross-border water disputes has been surprisingly conciliatory so far.
  • At times, in short, his conciliatory tone has been read as weakness.
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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