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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conciliatory mean? 

CONCILIATORY (adjective)
  The adjective CONCILIATORY has 2 senses:

1. making or willing to make concessions
2. intended or likely to overcome animosity or hostility

  Familiarity information: CONCILIATORY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CONCILIATORY (adjective)

Sense 1conciliatory [BACK TO TOP]


Making or willing to make concessions


compromising; conciliatory; flexible

Context example:

loneliness tore through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising Louis du Tillet


yielding (tending to give in or surrender or agree)

Sense 2conciliatory [BACK TO TOP]


Intended or likely to overcome animosity or hostility


conciliative; conciliatory

Context examples:

spoke in a conciliating tone / a conciliatory visit


appeasing; placating; placative; placatory (tending or intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions)

propitiative; propitiatory (intended to reconcile or appease)

soft (willing to negotiate and compromise)


antagonistic (arousing animosity or hostility)

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