One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Easily calmed; gentle and forgiving.‘he was placable in his animosities and affectionate in his family’
merciful, lenient, compassionate, pitying, magnanimous, humane, clement, mild, soft-hearted, forbearing, tolerant, easy-going, indulgent, accommodating, understandingView synonyms
- ‘Her feelings were warm and impetuous, but she was placable, tender and constant.’
- ‘Tough as steel in his adherence to principle, resilient, placable, self-less and generous beyond the dictates of fashion, steadfast in friendship, but not at the price of reason, he strides the world of mathematics a happy warrior.’
- ‘I'm not the most placable person when it comes to supermarkets, and such a conversation would have had an algesic effect on me, so we headed for a different checkout.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘pleasing, agreeable’): from Old French, or from Latin placabilis, from placare ‘appease’.
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