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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
    • 1982 December 10, Ann Hulbert, “What Gender Gap?”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      According to Kathleen A. Francovic, director of surveys for CBS News, it was the “war and peace” issue that seemed to separate the sexes in 1980, with women predictably perched on the dovish side.
    • 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.
    • 1985, Price Stability and Public Policy, page 143:
      A dovish policy keeps unemployment close to 6 percent and lets the price level swing more widely to absorb economic shocks.
    Antonym: hawkish
    The Federal Reserve's statement on recent inflation was interpreted as dovish by the market.