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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Through all this, Zamora, the priest, and his subordinate, Erick Alvarado Cole, were on their cellphones calling Nicaragua's Catholic clergy, asking for help and negotiating a peaceful resolution with the government. Joshua Partlow,, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 The United Arab Emirates, a leading member of the coalition, has said operations in Hodeida have been paused to give the envoy a chance to broker a peaceful resolution. Ahmed Al-haj, Fox News, "UN envoy: Yemeni rebels express 'strong desire' for peace," 4 July 2018 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN that Trump's eyebrow-raising defense of Kim's authoritarian tactics is fine so long as a peaceful resolution in the region can be reached. CNN, "Senate GOP leaders have no objections to Trump's defense of Kim," 14 June 2018 Analysts say the surge in violence has set back any hope of a peaceful resolution. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Nicaragua’s Political Crisis Descends Into ‘Dark Days’," 6 June 2018 In a moment as perilous as ours, President Eisenhower recognized that unrestrained military spending creates distrust, worsens tensions and makes peaceful resolutions to conflict harder to achieve. Izumi Nakamitsu, Time, "Global Military Spending Has Doubled but the World Is No Safer," 25 Apr. 2018 The decision by the speaker, Mohamed Osman Jawari, could mean a peaceful resolution to the power struggle between him and the president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. New York Times,, "Top Somali politician steps down, avoiding showdown with president," 10 Apr. 2018 The object of each day was to put one foot in front of the other, and the clarity of untethered life in the wilderness felt peaceful. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "When the Brooks family ventured to the Brooks Range for a summer adventure, winter reared its head," 1 July 2018 While the protests remained largely peaceful, there were some reports of violence, as riot police and security officials clashed with some of the protesters and deployed tear gas . Marilia Brocchetto, CNN, "Hundreds protest in Jordan against austerity measures," 3 June 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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