American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To decrease the size, scope, or intensity of (a war, for example).
- v. To decrease or diminish in size, scope, or intensity: The birth rate has begun to de-escalate.
- v. alternative spelling of deescalate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to reduce in intensity (a crisis or a war).
- v. diminish in size, scope, or intensity
- v. reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of
“Mr. Gorrell said he shared a tent with a homeless man who worked hard for the movement trying to de-escalate conflict, serving food and just helping any way he could.”
“Mediation requires an entirely different skill set than diplomacy, including the ability to de-escalate high emotions, the ability to remain absolutely neutral and impartial, the ability to recognize and manage cognitive biases that interfere with clear decision-making, the ability to choose which form of negotiation or problem-solving is appropriate in the moment, and a host of other skills that only come with explicit training and deep experience.”
“It works by interrupting the transmission of conflict: by using credible messengers trained in violence prevention to defuse or de-escalate it.”
“[A bouncer] intervened to de-escalate the altercation and positioned himself between [Shorter], [Nixon] and [Banks].”
“No meaningful attempt was made to de-escalate the situation.”
“Officers should get crisis intervention training to ensure they can use other avenues to de-escalate tense situations.”
“They stand in the vanguard of exemplary reconciliation efforts that may, one day, de-escalate the conflict between Christians and Muslims in Africa.”
“A 2010 study in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, reported that officers who underwent training on how to handle scenarios involving mentally ill people, were less likely to use unnecessary deadly force and were better equipped to de-escalate a potentially violent situation.”
“In his new book on President Obama's struggle to create a viable Afghanistan policy, Bob Woodward notes Pentagon opposition to the President's desire to de-escalate the conflict and withdraw.”
“• Conceived strategies used to de-escalate behavior concerns”
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