peace·​ful | \ ˈpēs-fəl How to pronounce peaceful (audio) \

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.

Other Words from peaceful

peacefully \ ˈpēs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce peaceful (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Happy, peaceful, consistent, loyal and unconditional. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 Happy, peaceful, consistent, loyal and unconditional. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 7 Jan. 2022 Happy, peaceful, consistent, loyal and unconditional. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 6 Jan. 2022 The Johri offers a peaceful and stylish oasis in the bustling heart of the city. Kris Fordham, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 Other theories say the rioters were peaceful and were framed for crimes that never happened. David Klepper, oregonlive, 2 Jan. 2022 Thirty-six percent of Republicans say the protesters were mostly peaceful, compared to 5% of Democrats. Dan Balz, Scott Clement, Emily Guskin, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2022 In the decade before the coup, life was peaceful for Mr. Biak Tling and his family. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Iranian officials say their nuclear program is peaceful and isn’t aimed at making a weapon. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021

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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 How to pronounce peaceful (audio) \

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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