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  1. reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of
    de-escalate a crisis
  2. diminish in size, scope, or intensity
    The war of words between them de-escalated with time
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How To Use de-escalate In A Sentence

  • Mr. Gorrell said he shared a tent with a homeless man who worked hard for the movement trying to de-escalate conflict, serving food and just helping any way he could. Protesters, Homeless Share Turf–and Tension
  • Mediation requires an entirely different skill set than diplomacy, including the ability to de-escalate high emotions, the ability to remain absolutely neutral and impartial, the ability to recognize and manage cognitive biases that interfere with clear decision-making, the ability to choose which form of negotiation or problem-solving is appropriate in the moment, and a host of other skills that only come with explicit training and deep experience. Doug Noll: The Failure of Mediation Efforts in Lebanon and Ivory Coast
  • They learn how neutral language can de-escalate potentially volatile situations.
  • All of the adults in the school contribute to a positive school culture by modeling positive communication, engaging in mutually respectful interactions and having the ability to de-escalate conflict.
  • Critics like former Pakistani army general Talat Masood say both sides need to de-escalate rhetoric and work toward overcoming their inefficiencies while dealing with terrorism.
  • Young men who are used to employing overwhelming power are suddenly asked to de-escalate violence.
  • It would be a perfect way for the present Administration to de-escalate the violence and eventually move the region towards peace.
  • Our military learned how to deploy quickly to hot spots, de-escalate a situation, build order from chaos, work with NGOs, and do the muscle work of diplomacy.
  • They stand in the vanguard of exemplary reconciliation efforts that may, one day, de-escalate the conflict between Christians and Muslims in Africa. Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.: Interfaith Peace In The Face Of Escalating Christian-Muslim Conflict
  • Negotiation, mediation and exchanged messages about respective intentions through secret channels were used to minimise, reduce or de-escalate violence on many occasions from November 1968 onwards.
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