peace·​time | \ ˈpēs-ˌtīm How to pronounce peacetime (audio) \

Definition of peacetime

: a time when a nation is not at war

Examples of peacetime in a Sentence

The size of the army was reduced during peacetime.
Recent Examples on the Web Russia and China, and to a lesser extent, North Korea and Iran, have trained cyber personnel whose sole mission in wartime (or even in peacetime) would be to gain entry into American computer and networking systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 12 Oct. 2021 Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed raising taxes to their highest peacetime level in British history. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Which means Democrats face a severe budget-math problem that can otherwise be addressed by either scaling back their voracious spending appetite or engaging in a reckless and unprecedented peacetime borrowing spree. Brian Riedl, National Review, 17 Sep. 2021 In return, the Department of Defense doles out peacetime airlift contracts to these airlines, running into tens of millions of dollars per year. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 22 Aug. 2021 World War II used up the raw materials that might have gone to AC, but peacetime suburban spenders made up for it. Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Commemorations have begun Thursday to mark 10 years since Norway’s worst-ever peacetime slaughter. Fox News, 22 July 2021 There aren’t a lot of things that can sink an aircraft carrier, especially in peacetime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 24 Sep. 2021 What’s undeniable is that Washington is conducting one of the most radical fiscal and monetary experiments in peacetime history. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of peacetime

circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2021

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“Peacetime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of peacetime

: a period of time during which a country is not fighting a war

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