peaceful

adjective
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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Other Words from peaceful

peacefully \ ˈpēs-​fə-​lē \ adverb
peacefulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for peaceful

Synonyms

dovish, pacific, pacifist (or pacifistic), peaceable

Antonyms

bloodthirsty, hawkish, martial, warlike

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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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The athlete’s football career has also come to a standstill after his peaceful political protest. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Companies used to stay quiet about politics. In 2018, social causes became integral to their branding.," 17 Dec. 2018 The chaos began after a peaceful protest by some of the thousands of migrants marooned in Mexico. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "Clash with migrants spotlights force at the border," 28 Nov. 2018 The jury appeared to believe that the Bundys were peaceful protesters who posed no threat to the public. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 While India's nuclear weapons program is believed to date to the 1980s, New Delhi had long insisted its atomic program was purely for peaceful purposes. Ashok Sharma, Fox News, "Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93," 16 Aug. 2018 The United States, however, is a member of the Outer Space Treaty, which bars the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in space and only allows for the use of the moon and other celestial bodies for peaceful purposes. Author: Makini Brice, Steve Holland, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump orders creation of U.S. force to dominate space," 18 June 2018 South and North Korea shall use nuclear energy solely for peaceful purposes. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Fact-checking President Trump’s claims about the North Korea deal," 13 June 2018 While Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, Israel recently released tens of thousands of seized Iranian nuclear documents that Netanyahu said proves that Iran pursued a nuclear bomb in the past. Caron Creighton, BostonGlobe.com, "Netanyahu heads to Europe for talks on Iran," 3 June 2018 While Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, Israel recently released tens of thousands of seized Iranian nuclear documents that Netanyahu said proves that Iran pursued a nuclear bomb in the past. Caron Creighton, The Seattle Times, "Netanyahu heads to Europe with Iran on his mind," 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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peaceful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of peaceful

: quiet and calm : without noise, excitement, etc.
: not fighting a war
: not involving violence or force

peaceful

adjective
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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