Definition of peaceful
1 : peaceable 1 They are a peaceful people.
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.
peacefullyplay \ˈpēs-fə-lē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of peaceful from the Web
The U.S. imposed sanctions on a senior military adviser of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, raising pressure on the government for a peaceful transition of power.
The president is aware that government repression against Cuban opposition, dissidents and peaceful civic protesters such as the Ladies in White have dramatically increased since the renewing of diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Among them was the desire that any protests in the wake of the trial should remain peaceful.
But perhaps not that odd after all, given that Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, was himself an imperfect feminist thinker who held the essentialist belief that women were naturally more peaceful than men.
To the surprise of some political watchers, the two participated in the ceremony in support of a peaceful transfer of power.
On Labor Day weekend of 2016, Democracy Now! captured footage of pipeline security guards attacking peaceful protesters with dogs.
Union members there have broken no laws, have not been issued any police citations and have been peaceful, Petty said.
A peaceful popular movement seemed to have brought the theocratic regime to its knees.
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Synonym Discussion of peaceful
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
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.
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