adjective peace·ful \ ˈpēs-fəl \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of peaceful

1 : peaceable 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.


play \ˈpēs-fə-lē\ adverb



Examples of peaceful in a Sentence

  1. The park is so peaceful and quiet.

  2. They settled the conflict by peaceful means.

  3. We need to find a peaceful alternative to war.

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of peaceful

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

PEACEFUL Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of peaceful for English Language Learners

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

  • : not fighting a war

  • : not involving violence or force

PEACEFUL Defined for Kids


adjective peace·ful \ ˈpēs-fəl \

Definition of peaceful for Students

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.


\-fə-lē\ adverb



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