conciliatory

adjective
con·​cil·​ia·​to·​ry | \ kən-ˈsil-yə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce conciliatory (audio) , -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

First Known Use of conciliatory

1576, in the meaning defined above

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“Conciliatory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conciliatory. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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conciliatory

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English Language Learners Definition of conciliatory

: intended to make someone less angry

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