peace·​able | \ ˈpē-sə-bəl How to pronounce peaceable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce peaceable (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of peaceable in a Sentence

He has a peaceable nature. The crowd dispersed in a peaceable manner.
Recent Examples on the Web The Obama administration—not unlike BlackRock itself, which hired other Obama alums—placed a premium on fiscal responsibility and peaceable relationships between the private and public sectors. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Problem With Putting a BlackRock Alum in Charge of Greening the Economy," 1 Dec. 2020 But it’s not the American way to lock up a large number of peaceable folks to incapacitate a small number of dangerous ones. Steve Chapman,, "Column: In the debate, Trump kept demonizing immigrants," 23 Oct. 2020 Shooting this city’s law enforcement officers, looting its businesses, and committing arson at the front door of its state courthouse is far from peaceable. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "What Louisville officials are saying Thursday after two officers were shot in city," 24 Sep. 2020 The actors compensate to some extent for the drift, particularly Vance as the peaceable George and the formidable Wunmi Mosaku as Ruby, Leti’s no-nonsense sister, who aspires to a salesclerk’s job at Marshall Field. Mike Hale, New York Times, "‘Lovecraft Country’ Review: Nightmare on Jim Crow Street," 13 Aug. 2020 Still, his innovations have seen peaceable applications. Tim Grierson, Popular Mechanics, "Why Nikola Tesla Was Such a Badass Scientist," 11 Aug. 2020 The quartet began with intensity, in a violent, working-class neighborhood of Naples, but The Lying Life of Adults opens amid the educated, affluent, and peaceable. Merve Emre, The Atlantic, "Elena Ferrante’s Master Class on Deceit," 8 Aug. 2020 President Trump brandishes a Bible outside St. John’s Church after federal officials cleared peaceable demonstrators out of his way. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: After Hoover’s police, like Trump’s, assaulted peaceful protesters, he lost reelection," 2 June 2020 Duggan on Sunday imposed a nightly 8 p.m. curfew, calling for peaceable marchers to disperse roughly one hour before sunset. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit protesters declare 'victory' as Chief Craig says he won't enforce curfew," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of peaceable

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

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“Peaceable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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

Other Words from peaceable

peaceably \ -​blē How to pronounce peaceable (audio) \ adverb

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