(A) asks, 'Do you think this is a good idea?' (B) says, 'Yes, l do', - but (B) is more on the side of 'no' not 'yes', but (B) tells (A) what they want to hear so (B) doesnt have to talk about 'the idea'. What is (B)s comment called? Is it a lie as its an untruth? Or something different? (B) says its not lying. (A) says it is as its not the truth.

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    Lying. Telling an untruth. Telling someone what they want to hear. Commented May 31, 2017 at 1:37
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    Being a yes man
    – Jim
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 2:09
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    Wimping out? It would help a lot if you could add some more information to your question. Specifically, are you looking for a single word, a phrase, maybe a colorful idiom...? If you want a single word, were you thinking of a verb for the action, or a noun for the person? Or maybe an adjective? Do you want a term with positive, negative, or neutral connotations? Adding an example sentence showing how you would use the term, with a ___ where the term would go, would be very helpful (and is technically required for a single-word-request, if that's what you want). Good luck!
    – 1006a
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 20:24
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    @aparente001 Why don't you ask your own, separate question? If the OP doesn't come back, we won't ever get a selected answer, and if the OP does come back there's no guarantee that their target answer is the same as yours. In particular, I'm guessing the OP might prefer a more pejorative term than what you probably need.
    – 1006a
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 5:50
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    @aparente001 glad you got a response here that works for you. You could also look at negative phrases, like s/he doesn't want to make waves.
    – 1006a
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 17:53

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If you're looking for a single word rather than an idiom, I think placate works well.

From Merriam Webster:


Transitive verb

: to soothe or mollify especially by concessions : appease


They are probably playing along (with you) just to avoid an argument.


play along (with somebody/something)
to seem to support or be friendly to someone or something

He knew that if he didn't play along with the reporters, they would write unpleasant stories about him.
I don't really like their idea that much but for now, it is probably a good idea simply to play along.

Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2003. Reproduced with permission.

  • and related: "Go along to get along."
    – fixer1234
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 22:46

B is humoring A.

From Merriam-Webster:

2 humor verb

transitive verb

1 : to soothe or content (someone) by indulgence : to comply with the temperment or inclinations of • The only way to get along with him is to humor him. • I know you don't agree, but just humor me.

They're going with the flow -

To do what other people are doing or to agree with other people because it is the easiest thing to do

I wasn't very keen on the decision but it was easier just to go with the flow.



to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively.

When you acquiesce (to someone), you give them what they want even though you would rather not. Which fits your description.


In more than 1 word: conflict averse.

  • I don't think "aversive" is what is wanted. According to the Collins English Dictionary for example it means "tending to dissuade or repel". See collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/aversive
    – Al Maki
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 20:48
  • I took the liberty of removing the part that was incorrect. // I like this proposal! Could you provide some documentation, so I can upvote your answer? Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 7:46

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