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.

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peacefully \ ˈpēs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce peacefully (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 The place is peaceful, if dull; their needs are met, if meagerly. William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, "The Special Child," 17 May 2020 Dogs barking, pacing and carrying on keeps most dogs from getting a peaceful rest. Tom Keer, Outdoor Life, "7 Top Hunting Dog Training Tips from World-Class Experts," 11 May 2020 What is meant to be a peaceful, reflective moment for grieving families has given way to a chaotic rhythm. Todd Heisler, New York Times, "15 Funerals a Day: The Pace of Death Stuns a Muslim Community," 4 May 2020 On Monday, April 6, Luke took to Instagram to share a video of him driving up behind his wife, who seems to be enjoying a peaceful bike ride in the country. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Luke Bryan Pranked His Wife and We Can't Stop Laughing at His Instagram Video," 8 Apr. 2020 The setting is peaceful, a lush wooded campus near Forest Hill. Jason Fagone,, "Coronavirus outbreak at SF’s largest nursing home: Early missteps, delayed response at Laguna Honda," 6 Apr. 2020 These included an iconic peaceful sit-in spearheaded largely by Muslim women in the Shaheen Bagh section of Delhi. Paul Friesen, The Conversation, "Coronavirus versus democracy: 5 countries where emergency powers risk abuse," 6 Apr. 2020 Spectacled bears are generally, shy, peaceful and elusive, avoiding contact with humans. Fox News, "10 different kinds of bear: Everything you need to know about the huge mammals," 10 Mar. 2020 Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Iran’s Stockpile of Enriched Uranium Has Jumped, U.N. Atomic Agency Says," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peaceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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