Definition of conciliatory in US English:

conciliatory

adjective

  • Intended or likely to placate or pacify.

    ‘a conciliatory approach’
    • ‘Many people are disillusioned with the reformists' conciliatory approach.’
    • ‘The deal is largely the result of a more conciliatory approach from Bob Iger, the Disney chief executive who was promoted last October.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Sharon faced strong right-wing opposition to any conciliatory gestures in the pursuit of peace.’
    • ‘Even this seemingly conciliatory gesture was in fact an act of defiance.’
    • ‘Chairman Johnson had taken a far more conciliatory approach in his handling of the meeting.’
    • ‘This contrasts with the conciliatory approach of China, South Korea and Russia.’
    • ‘This conciliatory gesture brought Sun some help from Russia who sent Michael Borodin to Canton.’
    • ‘Pro-democracy legislators have been invited to the event in a move seen as a conciliatory gesture from Beijing.’
    • ‘However, she said she wanted a conciliatory approach taken with the vandals in the true spirit of the sculpture.’
    • ‘Beth squeezed her husband's arm in what appeared to be a conciliatory gesture, before turning away and walking towards the balcony.’
    • ‘Washington is skeptical of Seoul taking a conciliatory approach to Pyongyang.’
    • ‘The common thread in all this seems to be a recognition that the conciliatory approach has failed.’
    • ‘There is little doubt that this represents an extremely conciliatory approach…’
    • ‘Until now Orde had been in the forefront of conciliatory approaches to the Republican movement.’
    • ‘The guide is designed to help make divorce less confrontational and to encourage a more conciliatory approach.’
    • ‘Carranza was acquitted but such conciliatory gestures from Philip were rare.’
    • ‘I anxiously stood up, clutching the towel to my middle, and spread out my palm in a conciliatory gesture.’
    • ‘Articulate, quick on his feet and funny, Devaney takes a conciliatory approach to partisan issues.’
    • ‘O'Brien, on the other hand, is mild-mannered and conciliatory in his approach.’
    • ‘They have attempted to stop the flow of money abroad by making conciliatory gestures to those who speculate on financial markets.’
    propitiatory, placatory, appeasing, pacifying, pacific, mollifying, so as to pour oil on troubled waters, peacemaking, reconciliatory
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Pronunciation

conciliatory

/kənˈsilēəˌtôrē//kənˈsɪliəˌtɔri/