peace·​able ˈpē-sə-bəl How to pronounce peaceable (audio)
: disposed to peace : not contentious or quarrelsome
: quietly behaved
: free from strife or disorder
peaceableness noun
peaceably adverb

Examples of peaceable in a Sentence

He has a peaceable nature. The crowd dispersed in a peaceable manner.
Recent Examples on the Web Liberal states are being cooperative and peaceable toward fellow members of the club, working through institutions such as NATO and the Quad. Michael Doyle, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 Why then is there such a tendency towards imposing political and religious beliefs that infringe on peaceable individuals? Ed Wallace, New York Daily News, 6 June 2024 Yale provides detailed guidance on free expression, peaceable assembly, and requesting the use of on-campus outdoor spaces. Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2024 The doctrine, which had its origins in the early Cold War and was based on the idea that its adherents could steer a course between the two superpowers and establish a more just and peaceable world order, had an almost talismanic quality for India’s foreign policy establishment. Sumit Ganguly, Foreign Affairs, 19 Sep. 2016 See all Example Sentences for peaceable 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of peaceable was in the 14th century

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“Peaceable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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peace·​able ˈpē-sə-bəl How to pronounce peaceable (audio)
peaceably adverb

Legal Definition


peace·​able ˈpē-sə-bəl How to pronounce peaceable (audio)
: marked by freedom from dispute, strife, violence, or disorder
the right to peaceable assembly
peaceable possession
peaceably adverb

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