peaceful

adjective
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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Other Words from peaceful

peacefully \ ˈpēs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce peacefully (audio) \ adverb
peacefulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for peaceful

Synonyms

dovish, pacific, pacifist (or pacifistic), peaceable

Antonyms

bloodthirsty, hawkish, martial, warlike

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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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Iran, for its part, has continued to maintain that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Iran Nuclear Deal, Enriched Uranium, and U.S. Sanctions: Everything You Need to Know," 17 June 2019 Police presence remained light and the protest was peaceful. oregonlive.com, "‘Impeach Trump’ rally in downtown Portland draws small crowd," 15 June 2019 Even amid mass protests and marches, which are a key part of Hong Kong's political culture, the mood has almost always been peaceful and safe. James Griffiths, CNN, "How did one of the safest cities in the world descend into violence?," 13 June 2019 The weekend procession was largely peaceful, but culminated in a clash between police and holdout protesters in the very early hours Monday. Time, "Fresh Protests Force Hong Kong to Postpone Extradition Bill Debate," 12 June 2019 The demonstration Sunday was largely peaceful, though some protesters clashed with police officers in the early hours of Monday. Tiffany May, SFChronicle.com, "Hong Kong braces for more extradition protests," 11 June 2019 Refinery 29 points out that the branches on this piece of armor are a good omen: The North is strong and resilient but, above all, peaceful. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the Hidden Meanings in Sansa's Game of Thrones Finale Dress," 20 May 2019 The rally was peaceful, according to Boise police officers at the scene. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Boise protesters: 'Those seeking refuge' shouldn't have families torn apart in U.S.," 30 June 2018 Many were bought or built by folks who saved up to retire to a peaceful place in the country. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Here's the beef: Missouri cattle feedlot wants to grow; Powell Gardens fears the stink | The Kansas City Star," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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peaceful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of peaceful

: quiet and calm : without noise, excitement, etc.
: not fighting a war
: not involving violence or force

peaceful

adjective
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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