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  • n. The action of bringing peace and harmony; the action of ending strife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of conciliating; the state of being conciliated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of converting from a state of jealousy, suspicion, or hostility; the act of gaining favor or good will.
  • n. Reconciliation; harmonizing.

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

  • n. the state of manifesting goodwill and cooperation after being reconciled
  • n. the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity
  • n. any of various forms of mediation whereby disputes may be settled short of arbitration


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  • In the early Middle Ages, the great Burgundian monastery of Cluny sponsored and encouraged an experiment in conciliation among its feudal neighbors.

    The Velvet Reformation

  • The temptation to grow angry and competitive, to choose conflict over conciliation, is growing with each episode the longer the survivors feel cast adrift.

    Matthew Yglesias » Farley: Human-Cylon Alliance is Impractical and Irresponsible

  • The pro-American stance taken by the likes of Burke (who later redeemed himself with the Reflections, but was always a Whig) was in fact the most effective way for a British politician to support the rebels: not on the grounds that they deserve independence, but on the grounds that conciliation is the most effective way to prevent it, as military coercion cannot possibly work.

    True History of the American Revolution « Isegoria

  • We have a lot of talking together, and I said a while ago -- I use the word conciliation, I think -- also, we want to be conciliatory and we want to understand the issues and then see if we can't mediate a settlement out of that.

    Briefing On Baseball Negotiations

  • (The process of conciliation is not greatly helped by conversation through a megaphone.)

    The Manchurian Crisis

  • Commission as "the settlement by the parties directly, of minor disputes, as to the interpretation of the terms of the labour contract, whether that contract be an express one or only a general understanding", while it is further stated that in England quite commonly the term conciliation is applied to "the discussion and settlement of questions between the parties themselves, or between their representatives who are themselves actually interested".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Among these resolutions are those on treaties of arbitration; on procedures in conciliation; on the establishment, composition, and procedure of an International

    Institute of International Law - History of Organization

  • Disciplinary action taken against dozens of Unite members will be referred to the conciliation service Acas, ending another sticking point to a peace deal.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • The outspoken Victorian Minister has also lashed his federal Labor counterparts for withholding funding for native title conciliation in what he labelled a "slide back to conservatism".

    The Australian | News |

  • Continental's supervisory board will now enter into what are known as conciliation proceedings, and once they end, expected in about two weeks, Schaeffler will need only a simple voting majority to oust Mr. Neumann, Continental supervisory board Deputy Chairman Werner Bischoff said.

    German CEO Under Fire at Tire Maker


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