1 [pley-keyt, plak-eyt]
verb (used with object), placated, placating.
to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.

1670–80; < Latin plācātus past participle of plācāre to quiet, calm, appease, akin to placēre to please; see -ate1

placater, noun
placation [pley-key-shuhn] , noun
unplacated, adjective

conciliate, satisfy. Unabridged


2 [plak-eyt, -it] ,
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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placate (pləˈkeɪt)
(tr) to pacify or appease
[C17: from Latin plācāre; see placable]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. placatus, pp. of placare "to calm, appease," related to placere (see please).
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Example sentences
They will opt to placate or to challenge a questioner.
Attempts to placate them with a share buyback and special dividends failed.
Bankers are desperately trying to placate their critics.
There was no case, it was just a show to placate those who were mad.
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