from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easily calmed or pacified; tolerant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. able to be easily pacified
  • adj. peaceable; quiet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being appeased or pacified; ready or willing to be pacified; willing to forgive or condone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being placated or pacified; easy to be appeased; willing to forgive.

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

  • adj. easily calmed or pacified


Middle English, agreeable, from Old French, from Latin plācābilis, from plācāre, to calm; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin placabilis (Wiktionary)


  • It is notorious that you may with impunity call a placable Frenchman

    Since Cézanne

  • Oddly enough, he thought that this, too, was to be a "placable" play, written to amuse and stimulate, but calculated to wound nobody's feelings.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Oddly enough, Ibsen believed, or pretended to believe, that The League of Youth was a "placable" piece of foolery, which could give no annoyance to the worst of offenders by its innocent and indulgent banter.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Youth_ was a "placable" piece of foolery, which could give no annoyance to the worst of offenders by its innocent and indulgent banter.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • When people are feeling friendly and placable, they think one sort of thing; when they are feeling angry or hostile, they think either something totally different or the same thing with a different intensity: when they feel friendly to the man who comes before them for judgement, they regard him as having done little wrong, if any; when they feel hostile, they take the opposite view.

    Aristotle's Rhetoric - Selected Moments

  • Ravenswood pleaded, apologised, and even kneeled, to appease her displeasure; and Lucy, as placable as she was single-hearted, readily forgave the offence which his doubts had implied.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • The placable monarch soon forgave his young guest the want of complaisance with which he had eschewed to listen to his compositions; and Arthur speedily found, that to apologize for his want of breeding in that particular, was likely to lead to a great deal more rehearsing than he could find patience to tolerate.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • She was by nature mild, pensive, and contemplative, gentle in disposition, and most placable when accidentally offended; but still she was of a retired and reserved habit, and shunned to mix in ordinary sports, even — when the rare occurrence of a fair or wake gave her an opportunity of mingling with companions of her own age.

    The Monastery

  • Still, I was relieved to get downstairs and find it was just one of the regular neighborhood winos, a placable fellow whom I have escorted out before with no hard feelings.

    The Real War On Drugs

  • By means of this concession the placable creditors were able to bring the dissatisfied creditors to reason.

    Eug�nie Grandet


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