pacific

adjective pa·cif·ic \ pə-ˈsi-fik \
Updated on: 4 Apr 2018
1 a : tending to lessen conflict : conciliatory
b : rejecting the use of force as an instrument of policy
2 a : having a soothing appearance or effect
  • mild pacific breezes
b : mild of temper : peaceable
3 capitalized : of, relating to, bordering on, or situated near the Pacific Ocean

pacifically

play \pə-ˈsi-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of pacific in a Sentence

  1. as a pacific gesture, we invited our feuding neighbors to our backyard barbecue

  2. a pacific nation that has managed to remain neutral even during times of world conflict

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Origin and Etymology of pacific

Middle English pacifique, from Latin pacificus, from pac-, pax peace + -i- + -ficus -fic — more at pact


PACIFIC Defined for English Language Learners

pacific

  • Pacific : of, relating to, bordering on, or near the Pacific Ocean

  • : calm and peaceful

  • : loving peace : not wanting war or conflict


PACIFIC Defined for Kids

pacific

adjective pa·cif·ic \ pə-ˈsi-fik \
1 : 3calm 1, peaceful
  • pacific skies
2 : loving or wanting peace
  • a pacific man


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