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 peaceful (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 American democracy guarantees the right of peaceful protest. Dennis Pillion |, al, "SPLC calls for investigation into Alabama AG’s role in Capitol protest," 10 Jan. 2021 The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence—from Left or Right— is ALWAYS wrong. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Cruz slams Biden for likening him to Hitler propagandist, but has alluded to Nazis himself to make a political point," 9 Jan. 2021 In full riot gear, the National Guard occupied the steps of the Capitol in June during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. Rusty Simmons,, "Warriors’ Draymond Green: Pro-Trump Capitol siege ‘a f— you’ to Black Americans," 7 Jan. 2021 Again we were reminded that the designation of a peaceful protest is one made by law enforcement and the state. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "This Isn’t an Insurrection. It’s an Alliance.," 6 Jan. 2021 Cleveland was no exception, and on May 30 a peaceful protest turned violent and downtown Cleveland was transformed into what looked like a war scene. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, " photographer David Petkiewicz’s favorite 20 photos from 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 In June a peaceful protest near the White House was broken up in order to allow President Trump to pose outside a church holding a Bible. CBS News, "The year in review: Top news stories of 2020 month-by-month," 27 Dec. 2020 Hundreds of people converged on the mall in what started as a peaceful protest against police brutality., "George Floyd's death launched months of protests across Arizona," 26 Dec. 2020 Stettin organized a peaceful protest in October covered by Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune, gathering a group of parents outside the District 205 administration building calling for the return of students to in-person learning. Graydon Megan,, "Candidates file for City Council, school and park district seats in Elmhurst," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of peaceful was in the 14th century

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“Peaceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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