pa·​cif·​ic | \ pə-ˈsi-fik How to pronounce pacific (audio) \

Definition of pacific

1a : tending to lessen conflict : conciliatory
b : rejecting the use of force as an instrument of policy
2a : 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

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Other Words from pacific

pacifically \ pə-​ˈsi-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pacific (audio) \ adverb

Examples of pacific in a Sentence

as a pacific gesture, we invited our feuding neighbors to our backyard barbecue a pacific nation that has managed to remain neutral even during times of world conflict
Recent Examples on the Web Anne has fomented violence in Cécile’s pacific nature. Rachel Cusk, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2019 This pacific picture, though, is soon replaced by far more disturbing, recurrent images of perilously small boats filled with frantically shouting, gesturing men, women and children seeking asylum. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2017 Most Rohingyas have remained remarkably pacific in the face of extraordinary provocation. The Economist, 31 Aug. 2017 In short, the play begins in a tempestuous way and concludes in a manner that is more pacific or, in this particular geographic case, Mediterranean. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of pacific

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pacific

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

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The first known use of pacific was circa 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Pacific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pacific

: of, relating to, bordering on, or near the Pacific Ocean
: calm and peaceful
: loving peace : not wanting war or conflict


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Kids Definition of pacific

1 : calm entry 3 sense 1, peaceful pacific skies
2 : loving or wanting peace a pacific man


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