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She’s trying to walk a line that will placate both farmers and environmentalists.
  calm someone who is or may become angry or concerned
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Synonym comparison:  A number of words mean "calm someone who is or may become angry or upset". Three common words are "mollify", "placate", and "pacify". Each of the words has a slightly different connotation.

"Mollify" may be the most neutral of the words in terms of the definition above. As compared to "mollify", "placate" is more likely to imply that concessions were made and/or that anger was successfully replaced with goodwill. "Pacify" definitely implies success in creating a peaceful state.
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  • She’s trying to walk a line that will placate both farmers and environmentalists.
  • The dictator is trying to placate the people by giving them a voice in local government.
  • She is a leader who is better at placating the people than at solving the problems.
  • She’d been trying to placate the children and finally calmed them down by allowing them to open their lunchboxes and begin to eat whatever their mothers had fixed them for lunch.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death

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  • She too had tried to guess what might put her mother at ease, the words that would placate but not be readily detected as fraudulent.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • What kind of excuse would placate her?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • "Bella," Alice said, her voice soothing, placating,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Walter and I take turns muttering placating things about family and forgiveness, but we both have misgivings.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Long ago, your father gave me your life as a gift to placate my anger.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • After she’d finished eating—and once Jonah had been placated—Ronnie retired to her room.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song

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  • It seemed like he’d spent half his life placating Gramps.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Frank wanted to say something to excuse Percy and placate the god, but he didn’t know what.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • "There is no broken law," Aro said in a placating voice, but every one of us could hear that a qualification was coming.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • So, whenever you need leaves or wood from a tree in which a Bowtruckle lodges, it is wise to have a gift of woodlice ready to distract or placate it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • His need for her and his vulnerability to her screamed at him to back off, to placate her while there was still time
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • It was soothing, calming, placating.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • He never got involved anymore; his job was to placate, to smooth, once it was all over.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Singer wasn’t placated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Usually, in her growing-up tantrums, this daughter would storm out of the house and come back hours later, placated, the sweetness in her nature reasserted, bearing silly gifts for everyone in the family, refrigerator magnets, little stuffed hairballs with roll-around eyeballs.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Olaf held up a placating hand and even put down his knife.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • "Don’t placate me, Alex," Peterson says with a snort.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • This seems to placate her for the moment and ...
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Croy had found the food packets and purifier in her knapsack and was making food with water from the fall, apparently trying to placate Shay.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Teddy seemed placated.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • They turned their shoulders to her most savage slashes, and with wagging tails and mincing steps strove to placate her wrath.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • she’ll win by trying to placate her big ol’ angry boy:
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • This dead man is bound up with my life, therefore I must do everything, promise everything in order to save myself; I swear blindly that I mean to live only for his sake and his family, with wet lips I try to placate him—and deep down in me lies the hope that I may buy myself off in this way and perhaps even get out of this; it is a little stratagem:
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • I wondered if the captain had done it to placate Miss Simpkins, or whether he truly didn’t trust me now.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • "What do you think, pendejo? That I can’t manage a bunch of women by myself?" He shouted obscenities at the scared boy...
    "You have to understand," Patria said in a placating voice. "We’re worried about our husbands."
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Meanwhile, we will eliminate the threat of a curse by placating the witches and honoring a portion of their old agreement with Elias Bram.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • She had the placating tone of a girl promising her pesky mom to eat better.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He was furious and would not be placated.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • As an attempt to placate me, it was pretty transparent.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Cinder made a placating gesture.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Rachel laid a placating hand on her husband’s sleeve.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Nox, now behind Grave, made to do the same, but Grave started cursing at him, and Nox stopped, lifting his hands in a gesture of placation.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The outside of the factory was a facade to placate the Nazis.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Molly feels anger rising in her chest—at Dina’s unwillingness to accept her for who she is, at Terry’s judgments and Jack’s need to placate her.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • She’s still got that cocky smile on her face, knowing that even if she hasn’t convinced me to placate my mother, then at least she’s planted a little guilt.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Then at this moment Sophie, as if sensing the perhaps sinister shift in Nathan’s mood, hurried to his side and touched his shoulder with a fluttery, nervously placating hand.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Will raised his hands in a placating gesture.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He held up placating hands the size of soup plates.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • If the Reds see her, a Silver by blood but Red by nature, raised up with us, they can be placated.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • How she balanced the demands of her job, and placating her credit-seeking boss, with raising two teenage kids was a marvel.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • "All right," said Eragon to placate the smith, "if you think I should."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • ’He’s not looking for you,’ Yossarian said, trying to placate him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Alec’s tone was placating.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Ah, well, it’ll slow us down, but I suppose we have to placate Hrothgar.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Uncle Peter’s voice came as from a far distance, plaintive, placating.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Stilgar asked, and she heard the tone of placation in his voice, the attempt to smooth something over.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
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