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 As the sun set on a day of mostly peaceful protests, about 100 demonstrators took the streets around Shemanski Park, smashing windows and spray-painting graffiti on multiple downtown Portland businesses. oregonlive, "Portland police declare riot, arrest 6 after May Day protests leave downtown windows broken," 2 May 2021 The peaceful protests outside the Public Safety Building in downtown Kenosha ended with the arrests of three activists, including Blake's uncle, Justin Blake; Joseph Cardinali; and Rev. Jonathan Barker of Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Jacob Blake shooter leaves loaner gun in unlocked car seven months prior to three-day suspension," 1 May 2021 In his 90-minute presentation to the council, Hamilton made the point that peaceful protests that didn’t result in the use of tear gas or non-lethal projectiles took place both immediately before and after the two protests on June 1 and June 3. Paul Gattis |, al, "Majority of Huntsville city council backs release of police body cam videos," 29 Apr. 2021 Out of concern that the body-cam video’s release could spark unrest, city officials enacted an 8 p.m. curfew that went into effect Tuesday night following nearly a week of peaceful protests. Washington Post, "Body-camera footage of N.C. deputies fatally shooting Black man will not be released to the public, judge rules," 28 Apr. 2021 Hours before video was released showing the fatal Chicago police shooting of 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez, Mayor Lightfoot released a statement with lawyers for the Alvarez family, calling for peaceful protests. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Lightfoot reboots peace message ahead of Anthony Alvarez fatal police shooting video | Mayor says ‘Vax Pass’ a work in progress | WaPo: Biden close to picking Emanuel as diplomat," 28 Apr. 2021 Since Brown was shot and killed, there have been a number of peaceful protests calling for transparency, accountability, and justice. Danielle Campoamor,, "Police Shot & Killed Andrew Brown — Why Won’t They Release The Bodycam Footage?," 27 Apr. 2021 Parker's order came despite peaceful protests that have occurred for five straight days in Elizabeth City since Brown's death. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, "Andrew Brown's son says 20-second bodycam video shows his father being 'executed'," 26 Apr. 2021 The investigation will examine whether officers used unreasonable force, including during peaceful protests, engaged in unconstitutional stops and seizures, unlawful search warrant executions in houses and discriminated against people based on race. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: What's all the hype about 100 days?," 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Peaceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 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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