peace·​able | \ˈpē-sə-bəl \

Definition of peaceable 

1a : disposed to peace : not contentious or quarrelsome

b : quietly behaved

2 : free from strife or disorder

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Other Words from peaceable

peaceableness noun
peaceably \ˈpē-​sə-​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for peaceable


dovish, pacific, pacifist (or pacifistic), peaceful


bloodthirsty, hawkish, martial, warlike

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Examples of peaceable in a Sentence

He has a peaceable nature. The crowd dispersed in a peaceable manner.

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But Wednesday's demonstration was well ordered and peaceable, as of 7 p.m., in honor of King, who died April 4, 1968. Nashelly Chavez, Ed Fletcher, Sam Stanton And Hudson Sangree, sacbee, "Protesters demand justice for Stephon Clark, 50 years after MLK died | The Sacramento Bee," 4 Apr. 2018 But as indicated by the American decision not to formally lift sanctions yet, there would be quite a few hurdles to clear even were Kim operating in 100 percent good and peaceable faith. Jon Wolfsthal, The New Republic, "What Just Happened?," 12 June 2018 When the Puritans arrived in North America in the 1620s and 1630s, the Narragansetts—really a confederation of tribes—were mostly peaceable, subsisting on fishing, trapping, farming and handicrafts. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘God, War, and Providence’ Review: When Conquest Was Puritanical," 13 June 2018 But when the pair got engaged in 2015, a dissonance stormed their otherwise peaceable relationship. New York Times, "She Wanted Lavish, He Was Fine With City Hall," 8 June 2018 Other pictures are tender: whole dead rabbits and fish as peaceable as children who have been sung to sleep. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Vulnerable Ferocity of Chaim Soutine," 7 May 2018 One, the First Amendment right to free speech and peaceable assembly trumps commuter ire, Seattle police Deputy Chief Chris Fowler said. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Here’s why we didn’t arrest downtown protesters on Friday, Seattle police say," 6 Mar. 2018 Still, everything is not always entirely peaceable. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "The Ski Team That Sleeps Together Wins a Lot of Gold Medals Together," 15 Feb. 2018 The measure would regulate and license the constitutional rights to free religious expression, free speech, assembly in a peaceable manner and vote. Tony Cook, USA TODAY, "Indiana lawmaker doubles down on proposal to license journalists," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of peaceable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of peaceable

: not liking or wanting to fight or argue

: not involving violence or fighting


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Legal Definition of peaceable 

: marked by freedom from dispute, strife, violence, or disorder the right to peaceable assembly peaceable possession

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peaceably \-​blē \ adverb

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