Definition of conciliatory in English:



  • Intended or likely to placate or pacify.

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