pacific

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adjective pa·cif·ic \pə-ˈsi-fik\

Definition of pacific

  1. 1a :  tending to lessen conflict :  conciliatoryb :  rejecting the use of force as an instrument of policy

  2. 2a :  having a soothing appearance or effect mild pacific breezesb :  mild of temper :  peaceable

  3. 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

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Definition of pacific for English Language Learners

  • 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

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adjective pa·cif·ic \pə-ˈsi-fik\

Definition of pacific for Students

  1. 1 :  3calm 1, peaceful pacific skies

  2. 2 :  loving or wanting peace a pacific man


Pacific

geographical name Pa·cif·ic \pə-ˈsi-fik\

Definition of Pacific for Students

  1. ocean extending from Arctic Circle to the equator (North Pacific) and from the equator to the Antarctic regions (South Pacific) & from W North America & W South America to E Asia & Australia

    Pacific

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