peace·ful | \ˈpēs-fəl \

Definition of peaceful 

1 : peaceable sense 1 They are a peaceful people.

2 : untroubled by conflict, agitation, or commotion : quiet, tranquil the feeling … that we as neighbors could settle any disputes in peaceful fashion— F. D. Roosevelt

3 : of or relating to a state or time of peace … the feasibility of creating a peaceful world order.— Alan Tonelson

4 : devoid of violence or force The opposing groups used peaceful tactics.

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peacefully \ˈpēs-fə-lē \ adverb
peacefulness noun

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calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence. the protests ended, and the streets were calm again tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure. the tranquil beauty of a formal garden serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquility. watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency. remained placid despite the criticism peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil. grown peaceful in old age

Examples of peaceful in a Sentence

The park is so peaceful and quiet. They settled the conflict by peaceful means. We need to find a peaceful alternative to war.
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While the protests remained largely peaceful, there were some reports of violence, as riot police and security officials clashed with some of the protesters and deployed tear gas . Marilia Brocchetto, CNN, "Hundreds protest in Jordan against austerity measures," 3 June 2018 And Tanya Faison of Sacramento's Black Lives Matter chapter has criticized Hahn for urging protesters to remain peaceful. Don Thompson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Sacramento police chief contemplates change after Stephon Clark shooting," 3 Apr. 2018 Johnson has told reporters that Americans respected peaceful protest. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Keep your heads down, U.S. embassy warns Americans ahead of London Trump visit," 11 July 2018 The latter is a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., who’s pictured leading peaceful protests as U2 reach for the rafters with their most mega non-Joshua anthem. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "U2 Brings Experience + Innocence to New York's Madison Square Garden," 26 June 2018 No one is talking about putting troops into space but rather how to protect US and allied satellites and ensure peaceful access to geostationary orbit and cislunar space near the Moon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Air Force ready to work on Trump’s Space Force idea, but…," 20 June 2018 There’s been a tendency over the last century or two to imagine the solo-living man as someone who has chosen peaceful privacy and the solo-living woman as a sort of flawed societal leftover. Ashley Fetters, Curbed, "Living alone and liking it," 20 June 2018 For those looking for scenic beauty in a peaceful seaside environment, this is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Island hopping in Wisconsin: 5 worth a visit," 15 June 2018 Typically, attempting to negotiate a peaceful resolution is the preferred approach, with a tactical assault reserved as a last resort. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of peaceful

: quiet and calm : without noise, excitement, etc.

: not fighting a war

: not involving violence or force


peace·ful | \ˈpēs-fəl \

Kids Definition of peaceful

1 : not easily moved to argue or fight a peaceful people

2 : full of or enjoying quiet, calm, or freedom from disturbance

3 : not involving fighting Try to settle a dispute by peaceful means.

Other Words from peaceful

peacefully \-fə-lē \ adverb
peacefulness noun

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