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[plak-uh-buh l, pley-kuh-] /ˈplæk ə bəl, ˈpleɪ kə-/
capable of being placated, pacified, or appeased; forgiving.
Origin of placable
1490-1500; < Old French < Latin plācābilis. See placate1, -able
Related forms
placability, placableness, noun Unabridged
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  • But he was generous and placable, and some of his best friends were those with whom he had had differences, and had settled.
British Dictionary definitions for placable


easily placated or appeased
Derived Forms
placability, placableness, noun
placably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin plācābilis, from plācāre to appease; related to placēre to please
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Word Origin and History for placable

c.1500, "pleasing," from Middle French placable "forgiving, conciliatory" and directly from Latin placabilis "easily appeased or pacified," from placare "to appease" (see placate). From 1580s as "capable of being pleased." Related: Placably; placability.

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