Definition of placatory in English:



  • Intended to make someone less angry or hostile; conciliatory.

    ‘his hands held in a placatory gesture’
    • ‘Well, they are putting a brave, even placatory face on it but there is no question that should its on-line services arrive in York and be of great size it will have serious consequences for conveyancing practices.’
    • ‘What would once have been regarded as an acceptable gift has now become a placatory toy, so it's necessary to compete if you want the child to recognise this is a gift with special intentions.’
    • ‘He's said nice, placatory things, and he's kept the peace, but we need more than that to drive the country forward.’
    • ‘I made a telephone call on September 27 to report the problem again which elicited placatory words and promises of action; the light was repaired that day.’
    • ‘The stereotype of battered wives as fragile, passive, placatory and docile does not do justice to their actual role in marriage relationships.’
    propitiatory, appeasing, pacifying, pacific, mollifying, so as to pour oil on troubled waters, peacemaking, reconciliatory
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