Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like a dove; peaceful, conciliatory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a dove; harmless; innocent.
  • adj. advocating peace, compromise or conciliation rather than war or conflict. Opposite of hawkish

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a dove; innocent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. opposed to war

Etymologies

From dove +‎ -ish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Minneapolis Fed governor Kocherlakota gave a speech too, that news agencies described as dovish (see lower), but which we believe shouldn't be the reason for the rise of Treasuries.

    FXstreet.com

  • The pound posted more losses against the euro after a speech by Bank of England Governor Mervyn King was interpreted as relatively "dovish," or more concerned about stimulating economic growth than inflation.

    Pound Skids on GDP Data

  • But some economists are still starting to fret given recent "dovish" or inflation-friendly moves by European central bankers.

    Europe's Newest Risk: Inflation

  • The irony is that Netanyahu himself is going to appear as somewhat "dovish" in his new government.

    It's Netanyahu Again

  • The "dovish" Biden position called for relying primarily on assassination, while the "hawkish" McChrystal stance embraced both assassination and more troops.

    Fred Branfman: Petraeus Must Go: Mass Assassination of Muslims Threatens Us All

  • But as to the West Bank and the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Netanyahu has a great historic opportunity to accomplish what his more "dovish" predecessor, the Kadima Party government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and now leader Tzipi Livni, have tried but were unable to achieve.

    Lanny Davis: Netanyahu Can Be Israel's Nixon-to-China Peacemaker

  • Were Netanyahu, forced by strong U.S. pressure, to go along with a "dovish" initiative, he would almost certainly face right-wing defections from his coalition and even within his own Likud faction.

    Natan Sachs: Life of an Israeli Government: Nasty, Brutish and Short

  • Barak, once considered "dovish," promoted a bloodthirsty image in the campaign, bolstered by the massacres of Gaza civilians he directed as defense minister.

    Ali Abunimah: Israel Lurches Towards Fascism

  • ANTHONY LAKE: National Security AdviserCamera-shy, a former Carter aide and cattle farmer, Lake has shed his "dovish" rep and redefined this usually high-profile foreign-policy role, refusing to appear on the Sunday-morning talk shows and saving his counsel for the president.

    Slow Motion

  • But he characterized the policy statement accompanying the Fed's move as relatively "dovish," or sanguine, regarding inflation.

    Stocks' Post-Fed Rally Falls Apart

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  • Docile, easy-going, dove-like.

    June 20, 2008