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Compare the verb plācō (I appease, I placate)



placeō (present infinitive placēre, perfect active placuī, supine placitum); second conjugation

  1. (with dative) I am pleasing or agreeable to; I please; I am welcome or acceptable; I satisfy (in a mental rather than a sensual way)
    sibi placereto be pleased with oneself
    Videamus, si placet.Let us see, if she pleases.
    Ubi fabulae sunt cognitae, placitae sunt.Where stories are known, they are enjoyed.
    Placet mihi.It pleases me.
    Placet tibi.It pleases you.
    Si dis placet.If it pleases the gods.
    placens uxora pleasing wife
    hostia placens Deoa sacrifice pleasing God

Usage notes[edit]

Contrasts with delectō (I am pleasurable), which adds the connotation of sensual pleasure.


  • Note that the third main part of the verb can also be "placitus sum". Hence the active meaning of "placitus".
   Conjugation of placeo (second conjugation, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present placeō placēs placet placēmus placētis placent
imperfect placēbam placēbās placēbat placēbāmus placēbātis placēbant
future placēbō placēbis placēbit placēbimus placēbitis placēbunt
perfect placuī placuistī placuit placuimus placuistis placuērunt, placuēre
pluperfect placueram placuerās placuerat placuerāmus placuerātis placuerant
future perfect placuerō placueris placuerit placuerimus placueritis placuerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present placeam placeās placeat placeāmus placeātis placeant
imperfect placērem placērēs placēret placērēmus placērētis placērent
perfect placuerim placuerīs placuerit placuerīmus placuerītis placuerint
pluperfect placuissem placuissēs placuisset placuissēmus placuissētis placuissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present placē placēte
future placētō placētō placētōte placentō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives placēre placuisse placitūrus esse
participles placēns placitūrus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
placēre placendī placendō placendum placitum placitū

Derived terms[edit]



  • placeo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • placeo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • placeo” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • what is your opinion: quid de ea re fieri placet?
    • (ambiguous) to be in a bad temper: sibi displicere (opp. sibi placere)