peace·ful | \ ˈpēs-fəl \

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 \ 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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Officers made contact with the suspect, who was armed with a handgun and attempted to negotiate his peaceful surrender. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "NC police shoot man holding Harris Teeter staff hostage during standoff," 13 July 2018 For 35 years, this is the tone that media investment bank Allen & Co. has set with its annual conference, which for one week a year turns this peaceful mountain resort into a mecca of media dealmaking. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Deal or No Deal: The Shadow Over Sun Valley," 13 July 2018 What looks like an ambitious season of camping in the woods gradually comes into focus as Will’s long-term commitment to raise his girl in a peaceful place far away from American society. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 Wilstem offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bathe one of three elephants, love on them and learn more about the peaceful pachyderms. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Very peaceful atmosphere here at St James’s Palace and the weather is perfect! Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Steal the Show at Their Brother’s Christening," 9 July 2018 Since then, the peaceful work has become what Andre intended: a place to think, eat lunch, or just get out of the office during the noon hour and sit in the sun. Susan Dunne,, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 In the statement, Conrad equated the two groups, despite calling the Occupy ICE protesters peaceful on Friday evening. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "City moves to squeeze Occupy ICE Louisville protest's camp," 7 July 2018 That’s why the Enterprise, nominally on a peaceful mission of exploration, was armed to the teeth. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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