V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: acting in a placating manner to bring about agreement, restore trust and goodwill, or settle someone's anger

Synonyms: accommodating, obliging, appeasing, assuaging, mollifying, placating

Antonyms: antagonistic, belligerent, stubborn

Tips: Conciliatory is derived from the Latin conciliatus, "to assemble, unite, win over." A conciliation is the act of placating or restoring good will and is similar to compromise or concession, because it refers to the ending of a disagreement. You may hear someone say, "if it's any conciliation..." to introduce something which they hope will appease or placate a person or situation. A conciliatory tone is taken by one party to restore peace and appease someone, as opposed to a mutual coming together, as in a compromise.

Usage Examples:

The conciliatory tone of his voice showed that he was ready to end our disagreement. (placating, assuaging)

If it's any conciliation, I didn't have any fun at the party without you. (appeasement)

The conciliation between the two brothers was short lived, and they soon resumed their argument. (restoration of good will) noun

She hates to argue, and because of her conciliatory demeanor, she has a lot of friends. (obliging, assuaging)

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