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v. con·cil·i·at·ed, con·cil·i·at·ing, con·cil·i·ates
1. To overcome the distrust or animosity of; appease. See Synonyms at pacify.
2. To regain or try to regain (friendship or goodwill) by pleasant behavior.
3. To make or attempt to make compatible; reconcile: tried to conciliate the conflicting theories.
To gain or try to gain someone's friendship or goodwill.

[Latin conciliāre, conciliāt-, from concilium, meeting; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]

con·cil′i·a·ble (-ə-bəl) adj.
con·cil′i·a′tion n.
con·cil′i·a′tor n.
con·cil′i·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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(kənˈsɪljətərɪ; -trɪ) or


intended to placate or reconcile
conˈciliatorily adv
conˈciliatoriness n
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(kənˈsɪl i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

also con•cil•i•a•tive

(-iˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv, -ˈsɪl yə-)

tending to conciliate: a conciliatory manner.
con•cil′i•a•to`ri•ly, adv.
con•cil′i•a•to`ri•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.conciliatory - making or willing to make concessions; "loneliness tore through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising Louis du Tillet"
2.conciliatory - intended to placate; "spoke in a conciliating tone"; "a conciliatory visit"
antagonistic - arousing animosity or hostility; "his antagonistic brusqueness"; "Europe was antagonistic to the Unites States"
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adjective pacifying, pacific, disarming, appeasing, mollifying, peaceable, placatory, propitiatory, soothing The next time he spoke he used a more conciliatory tone.
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مُسالِم، مَيّال إلى المُصالَحَه
friîandi, sættandi
gönül alıcıuzlaştırıcı


[kənˈsɪlɪətərɪ] ADJconciliador
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[kənˈsɪliətəri] adj [gesture, approach, statement, policy] → de conciliation; [tone, attitude] → conciliant(e)
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adj (= intended to reconcile)versöhnlich; (= placatory)beschwichtigend, besänftigend
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[kənˈsɪlɪətrɪ] adjconciliante, conciliatorio/a, conciliativo/a
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(kənˈsilieit) verb
to win over or regain the support, friendship etc of.
conˌciliˈation noun
conˈciliatory adjective
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References in classic literature ?
For Tahiti is smiling and friendly; it is like a lovely woman graciously prodigal of her charm and beauty; and nothing can be more conciliatory than the entrance into the harbour at Papeete.
The husband was a conciliatory soul, with a great fund of resignation, which he expended on "Roger's friends." I suspect he was secretly horrified at these invasions.
Henry Sweet, then a young man, lacked their sweetness of character: he was about as conciliatory to conventional mortals as Ibsen or Samuel Butler.
"Yes, there DO exist special reasons for his doing so," assented De Griers in a conciliatory tone, yet with rising anger.
"Master Marner," he said, in a conciliatory tone, "what's lacking to you?
Welland had explained, with a conciliatory side-glance at her future son-in-law.
And now the tone of the speech, instead of being more conciliatory, becomes more lofty and commanding.
When the Prior had ceased what he meant as a conciliatory harangue, his companion said briefly and emphatically, ``I speak ever French, the language of King Richard and his nobles; but I understand English sufficiently to communicate with the natives of the country.''
Unhesitatingly, he stepped into the tangle of branches close to the panther's side, still voicing his friendly and conciliatory purr.
"Certainly, certainly," said Marks, with a conciliatory tone; "it's only a retaining fee, you see,--he!
The comrade with the martial red moustache hurried towards Razumov full of conciliatory intentions in his strong buzzing voice.
She has endeavored to express herself in the most conciliatory language she could select; she had tried to avoid giving unnecessary pain, by addressing Miss Vanstone (as a matter of courtesy) by the family name; and she trusts these concessions, which speak for themselves, will not be thrown away.