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

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 These distinctives are a challenge for leftish admiration of the secular, peaceable welfare states of Northern Europe. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 22 Sep. 2021 And despite their hopeful tenor, these shows’ creation was not always peaceable. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Interactions between Taliban gunmen and U.S. forces at the airport remained peaceable, if wary, on Tuesday, officials said, a day after Marines killed two armed men at the airport. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2021 The Packers were humbled Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, the home stadium of the Jacksonville Jaguars, after a peaceable training camp that followed a tumultuous offseason. Ryan Wood, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2021 After the break, Durst and Borland discuss the platinum-selling nu metal act’s fractious past, peaceable present, and the phallic implications of their new CD’s title. Jolie Lash,, 10 Aug. 2021 If this vision of a peaceable kingdom is unusual, nature imagery abounds. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 And, even though the traditional friction between labor and management may not be an issue for Athletes Unlimited, the history of labor as management is not perfectly peaceable. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 3 June 2021 The geopolitical posturing is unsettling for longtime residents because the Arctic has historically been a peaceable region. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, 18 May 2021

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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

Other Words from peaceable

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

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