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peaceful actions by one organism that reduce the likelihood of threatening behavior from another organism. This often involves reducing apparent body size (e.g., by crouching or sleeking fur or hair), sharing food as opposed to having it be taken, or using vocal signals that are similar to ones used by young animals.

APPEASEMENT BEHAVIOR: "An animal engages in appeasement behavior when it avoids predation by reducing its body size and looking as unthreatening as possible to the predator. "

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