con·​cil·​ia·​to·​ry kən-ˈsil-yə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce conciliatory (audio)
: intended to gain goodwill or favor or to reduce hostility : tending or intended to conciliate
speaking in a conciliatory tone
But while the conference call might have been seen as a conciliatory gesture, an olive branch to his critics after weeks of bitter back-and-forth, the meeting seemed anything but.Colin Deppen
He was self-assured, aggressive, combative, at times willing to offend and at times trying to sound conciliatory.Dan Balz

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If you are conciliatory towards someone, you're trying to win that person over to your side. The verb conciliate was borrowed into English in the mid-16th century and descends from the Latin verb conciliare, meaning "to assemble, unite, or win over." Conciliare, in turn, comes from Latin concilium, meaning "assembly" or "council." Conciliatory, which appeared in English a bit later in the 16th century, also traces back to conciliare. Another word that has conciliare as a root is reconcile, the earliest meaning of which is "to restore to friendship or harmony."

Examples of conciliatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web News reports suggest conciliatory stances on both sides ahead of the meeting, which has contributed to an improvement in market sentiment, the APAC strategy team at Saxo Markets says in a commentary. WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023 As if that somehow qualified these garments as conciliatory. Erika Wasser, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Youngkin’s affable persona and conciliatory rhetoric were central to Republican hopes in the Old Dominion. Robert McCartney, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Despite the conciliatory remarks about improving China-U.S. military ties, Zhang and some Chinese military officers gave no sign of a softer stance on issues such as Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its territory. Reuters, NBC News, 31 Oct. 2023 Renowned for his hard-charging, often brash approach, Cohen has taken on a far more conciliatory demeanor at YouTube and has played a major role in transforming the streaming giant’s previously contentious relationship with the music business into a positive and collaborative one. Jem Aswad, Variety, 20 Oct. 2023 To them, the conciliatory language politics of Nehru and Indira Gandhi are a thing of the past. Phillip M. Carter, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2023 The unforgiving fire-and-brimstone local sheriff, Kris (Kirsten Fitzgerald), who also happens to be a relative of the farmers surrounding Peg, suspects Ryan and leads an investigation, aided by her more conciliatory protégée, Dani (Anne E. Thompson), also a former student of Peg’s. In Swing State, Vulture, 17 Sep. 2023 Officials in the Indian government have suggested that any joint communication on Ukraine at the G20 incorporate Russia’s and China’s views, a conciliatory approach that is at odds with the more aggressive stance taken by Western leaders. Peter Baker, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conciliatory was in 1576


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“Conciliatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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