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[pley-keyt, plak-eyt] /ˈpleɪ keɪt, ˈplæk eɪt/
verb (used with object), placated, placating.
to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures:
to placate an outraged citizenry.
Origin of placate1
1670-80; < Latin plācātus past participle of plācāre to quiet, calm, appease, akin to placēre to please; see -ate1
Related forms
placater, noun
[pley-key-shuh n] /pleɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
unplacated, adjective
conciliate, satisfy.


[plak-eyt, -it] /ˈplæk eɪt, -ɪt/
noun, Armor.
a piece of plate armor of the 15th to the 18th century protecting the lower part of the torso in front: used especially as a reinforcement over a breastplate.
Also, placard, placcate, plackart.
1625-35; apparently variant of placard Unabridged
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  • They will opt to placate or to challenge a questioner.
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  • The response failed to placate those leading the campaign.
  • Some party leaders had earlier hinted that he should step down to placate the public ahead of the vote.
  • The special assignment was decided on in an effort to placate Congress.
  • The rule is intended to help placate consumers.
  • But that has failed to placate the older members.
British Dictionary definitions for placate


(transitive) to pacify or appease
Derived Forms
placation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable
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Word Origin and History for placate

1670s, a back-formation from placation or else from Latin placatus "soothed, quiet, gentle, calm, peaceful," past participle of placare "to calm, appease, quiet, soothe, assuage," related to placere "to please" (see please). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly.

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