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 But while state officials anticipate more peaceful dealings with the new administration, nobody expects an imminent bailout. Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, "Will ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden bail out California’s troubled bullet train? Don’t bet on it," 17 Nov. 2020 Although the march was relatively peaceful for the first few hours of demonstrations, protesters clashed with many of the thousands of marchers in the afternoon. Julia Musto, Fox News, "BLM protester seen assaulting Trump supporters at 'Million MAGA March' ID'd as journalism student: report," 17 Nov. 2020 The violence took place Saturday night after a largely peaceful day in which 10,000 to 15,000 Trump supporters rallied behind the president's unfounded claims of massive irregularities and voting fraud. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, "After Trump march: Arrests, accusations and COVID-19 fines," 16 Nov. 2020 The unrest over the last four nights, and other more peaceful protests in the capital Lima and other cities, are piling pressure on a fragmented Congress and the new government of President Manuel Merino. Reuters, CNN, "Dozens wounded in Peru as protesters and police clash amid political crisis," 14 Nov. 2020 Despite the polarization, polling places remained peaceful, Rollow said. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Voters feel mostly relief as grueling election season ends in Michigan," 4 Nov. 2020 The event remained peaceful and officers eventually filtered the car parade through downtown and back onto the highway. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Hundreds muster for Trump car parade past Connecticut Capitol ahead of election," 1 Nov. 2020 But videos of looting and violence had circulated on WhatsApp, and Haredi protesters were eager to draw a contrast, to show that their demonstrations were more peaceful and more proper. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "“We Don’t Protest”: Borough Park’s Mask-Burning Demonstrators," 1 Nov. 2020 The event followed more than four months of racial justice protests in Portland, mostly peaceful but sometimes fueling violence and riots. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after US protests," 31 Oct. 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 4 Dec. 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.

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peacefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
peacefulness noun

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