Definition of conciliation in US English:



  • 1The action of stopping someone from being angry; placation.

    ‘he held his hands up in a gesture of conciliation’
    • ‘It turns conciliation with political evil into an art form.’
    • ‘Conciliation, not confrontation, is the way to resolve this issue. "’
    • ‘The meeting in the besieged palace ended nevertheless in conciliation.’
    • ‘From the milieu of the nobility itself there arise preachers of conciliation.’
    • ‘The tone of conciliation was not matched by some of her supporters gathered in front of her.’
    • ‘On the verge of tears, his victory speech was a model of Churchillian conciliation.’
    • ‘Then and only then will conciliation have a chance.’
    • ‘It starts with a canter through various parades which illustrate how different they can be - from conciliation to confrontation.’
    • ‘The embassy had been shut down due to Mongolia's support for South Korea's "sunshine policy" of conciliation toward the North.’
    • ‘They refuse to see that the social conciliation preached by the prophet hardly survived his death.’
    • ‘He opposed any measures of conciliation for the American colonies, voting against the repeal of the Stamp Act.’
    • ‘Be prepared for continued barbs, even as the individuals appear to be reaching a tentative conciliation.’
    • ‘We want the left flank sufficiently mollified and the right flank sufficiently panicked so as to inspire a little conciliation on all flanks. "’
    • ‘Up from Slavery is a compelling literary event because Washington successfully weds his rags-to-riches story with narratives of racial conciliation and uplift.’
    • ‘It is useless, said he to us, to again attempt conciliation; there is too much animosity on both sides.’
    • ‘He was rigorously opposed to any conciliation with Israel which might have endangered his claim for the Golan Heights.’
    • ‘In fact, Chavez's first messages upon returning to power were of conciliation.’
    • ‘To this day, Syria has shown inconsequential movement toward conciliation with Israel, or the West.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, such line-drawing tends to discourage rather than promote conciliation.’
    • ‘Europe's heads of state are continuing their policy of conciliation with the Bush administration in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq.’
    appeasement, pacification, peacemaking, placation, propitiation, mollification, reconciliation
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    1. 1.1 The action of mediating between two disputing people or groups.
      ‘many disputes are settled through conciliation by the official body’
      • ‘We also offer a conciliation service in disputes over accessibility.’
      • ‘Conciliation talks were postponed indefinitely on August 10, prompting the union to serve the strike notice.’
      • ‘In all cases the employers sought the certificates before exhausting all conciliation and arbitration remedies available.’
      • ‘Additionally, a pre-trial statement does not need to be filed with the board of viewers prior to the conciliation / hearing.’
      • ‘It was proposed to organise the whole state structure in the manner of a system of chambers of conciliation.’
      • ‘The two sides met for five hours at the London headquarters of the conciliation service Acas, far longer than had been expected.’
      • ‘Thus conciliation made a recognizable difference to the content of Community legislation.’
      • ‘The behaviour of the two institutions under co-decision is illustrated in Exhibit 5.1, a chronology of the working time directive in conciliation.’
      • ‘Our conciliation process avoids an overly legalistic approach.’
      • ‘Depending on the mandate in specific cases, conciliation can thus vary from a form of institutionalized negotiation to something akin to non-binding arbitration.’
      • ‘The issue has already hit the Australian Industrial Relations Commission where conciliation attempts have failed.’
      • ‘Section 103 with the completion of the conciliation proceedings and the exercise of conciliation powers.’
      • ‘Damage caused by measures taken in excess of the Convention must be compensated, and disputes are subject to compulsory conciliation and arbitration.’
      • ‘You could bring also bring an action in a small claims (or conciliation) court.’
      • ‘Global or regional organizations may provide good offices, mediation, or conciliation for states involved in environmental disputes.’
      • ‘Selig's power base among the owners is built on a record of consensus and conciliation, not damn-the-torpedoes, full-speed-ahead action.’
      • ‘A new conciliation program for victims of conjugal violence is greeted with skepticism on the part of social workers.’
      • ‘Your Honour referred to the Workplace Relations Act as being a significant departure from history in terms of the delineation between conciliation and arbitration.’
      • ‘On April 27, a conciliation meeting was held.’
      • ‘Management and unions meet today at the Labour Relations Court for conciliation talks on the planned 500-job redundancy package.’