conciliatory

If you're in a fight with a friend and you want to end it, you should make a conciliatory gesture, such as inviting her to a party you're having. Conciliatory describes things that make other people less angry.

The context is often a situation in which a dispute is settled by compromise. A synonym is propitiatory, though this adjective usually refers to avoiding the anger of someone who has the power to harm. In the word conciliatory, the –ory suffix means "relating to or doing," and the root is from Latin conciliatus, from conciliare "to bring together, win over," from concilium "council."

Definitions of conciliatory
  1. adjective
    making or willing to make concessions
    synonyms: compromising, flexible
    yielding
    tending to give in or surrender or agree
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    Antonyms:
    inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising
    not making concessions
    hard-line, hardline
    firm and uncompromising
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  2. adjective
    intended to placate
    “a conciliatory visit”
    synonyms: conciliative
    appeasing, placating, placative, placatory
    intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions
    pacific
    promoting peace
    propitiative, propitiatory
    intended to reconcile or appease
    soft
    willing to negotiate and compromise
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    Antonyms:
    antagonistic
    arousing animosity or hostility
    alienating
    causing hostility or loss of friendliness
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