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 peaceably (audio) \ 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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This peaceable religious schism between Russia and Ukraine contrasts with their November naval clash in the Kerch Strait, where the Russian coast guard fired on and captured Ukrainian ships. Konstantin Dobrynin, WSJ, "Russia’s Future Is Rapped in an Enigma," 14 Jan. 2019 This peaceable backyard space originally was occupied by a typical, rickety, 1920s-era single-car garage. Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "This is not your grandmother’s backyard cottage," 13 Apr. 2019 What resulted was not the peaceable kingdom, but at least the French gave up the practice of religious massacre for a time. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Trump’s Chaos Theory," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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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 peaceably (audio) \ adverb

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