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.

Other Words from peaceful

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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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peaceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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