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From dove +‎ -ish.



dovish (comparative more dovish, superlative most dovish)

  1. Pertaining to a dove; dove-like.
  2. (figuratively) Peaceful, conciliatory.
    Antonym: hawkish
    • 2006 July 18, Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian, page 3:
      Doubtless an expression of frustration at the UN secretary general, who has long been too dovish for Bush administration tastes.
    • 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 210:
      Caillaux bypassed his Foreign Office in order to impose his own dovish agenda on the negotiations with Berlin […].
  3. Disfavoring increasing interest rates; inclined against increasing interest rates.
    Antonym: hawkish
    The Federal Reserve's statement on recent inflation was interpreted as dovish by the market.