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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.


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(ˈdʌvɪʃnəs) or


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the characteristic of being like a dove, esp in a political sense
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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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Despite the expected dovishness from the world's most influential central bank, Dollar bulls are not ready to relinquish the reins to the bears, as they keep the Dollar index above the psychologically-important 98 level.
The Fed's recent interest rate cut and dovishness, may pose a risk to its independence after allowing Trump and financial markets to paint it into a corner, QNB said.
The market has a confluence of issues with which to contend, including the upcoming Fed easing and the subsequent path, global growth worries, the Iranian tensions, the debt limit resolution though with increased spending, expectations for ECB dovishness, and Brexit under new UK Prime Minister Johnson.
"Obviously recent dovishness from central banks has seen investors look towards alternative currencies, but perhaps Facebook's unveiling of its libra currency has seen investors look again at cryptocurrencies with fresh eyes," they added.
"The recent u-turn of the ECB towards more dovishness indicates that financing conditions for new domestic investments will remain favourable.
'Plus the United States Federal Open Market Committee's and Indonesia's policy stance informed its movement as well-the BSP's tone is more of a prudent pause rather than a shift from dovishness,' Roces added.
While renewed central bank dovishness could succeed in elevating asset prices, that would only decouple them further from their underlying economic and corporate fundamentals.
Since then, the Fed has pivoted toward renewed dovishness, the US has maintained solid growth, and China's macroeconomic easing has shown some promise of containing the slowdown there.
"Thus, these external factors partly support more dovishness on local monetary policy as well, going forward, by way of possible cut in local policy rates and/or a further cut on large banks' RRR, amid an environment of easing local and global inflation," Ricafort said.
Since then, the Fed has pivoted towards renewed dovishness, the US has maintained solid growth, and China's macroeconomic easing has shown some promise of containing the slowdown there.
However, whether this is a transient bout of 'dovishness' or whether it will endure (especially if one of risks were to surface) remains the key question," he said.
The central bank, piled on the dovishness by stating 'uncertainties associated with Brexit are weighing on domestic activity', leaving the UK economy to struggle while global growth rises 'significantly'."