conciliatory

adjective con·cil·ia·to·ry \ kən-ˈsil-yə-ˌtȯr-ē , -ˈsi-lē-ə- \

Definition of conciliatory

: 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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