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dove 1

1. Any of various widely distributed birds of the family Columbidae, which includes the pigeons, having a small head and a characteristic cooing call.
2. A gentle, innocent person.
3. A person who advocates peace, conciliation, or negotiation in preference to confrontation or armed conflict.

[Middle English douve, from Old English *dūfe.]

dov′ish adj.
dov′ish·ness n.

dove 2

A past tense of dive1. See Usage Note at dive1.




(ˈdʌvɪʃnəs) or


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the characteristic of being like a dove, esp in a political sense
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dovishness - any political orientation favoring compromise to avoid conflict
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
peace advocacy - any policy that advocates maintaining peaceful international relations
hawkishness - any political orientation favoring aggressive policies
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Lake described Reiss--who ironically was the man dispatched to convince Jennifer Rubin of Romney's hawkishness--as a surge skeptic, while Dan Senor, a former spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq who later sent a distress signal to Republican hawks about the dovishness of senate candidate Rand Paul, was pro-surge.
Traders will scour the statement for any sign of greater dovishness among the rate-setting committee members that could be interpreted as raising the chances for the Fed to use additional policy tools to boost growth.
This is not a prescription for isolationism, or even unalloyed dovishness.