peacetime

noun
peace·time | \ˈpēs-ˌtīm \

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.

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Hardegen spent one year in British captivity during peacetime, apparently because of a mix-up with an SS officer who shared his last name, and eventually founded an oil company in Bremen. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Reinhard Hardegen, U-boat commander who menaced American shores, dies at 105," 18 June 2018 The two alliances want to improve troops’ ability to move around Europe in peacetime and ensure EU members’ security spending outside of NATO activities fits with alliance priorities. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO, Under Fire From Trump, to Trumpet Its Heightened Readiness," 6 July 2018 That having been said, the UGV was not a vital part of the fighting and the whole point of sending the systems to a combat zone was to expose flaws that might not show up in peacetime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Tank Drone Performed Poorly in Syria," 18 June 2018 Yemen also is one of the most water-scarce nations on the planet even in peacetime. Washington Post, "AP News Guide: What to know about Yemen’s yearslong war," 14 June 2018 Hardegen spent one year in British captivity during peacetime, apparently because of a mix-up with an SS officer who shared his last name, and eventually founded an oil company in Bremen. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Reinhard Hardegen, U-boat commander who menaced American shores, dies at 105," 19 June 2018 Five of the Wagner family's six boys served in the military, through peacetime and war, including conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Long time Miller Park parking lot cashier stricken while on duty," 30 May 2018 These men — consisting of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers — were the first to serve during peacetime. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Event helps connect people with the Gary community," 18 May 2018 In 1954 explosions rocked the aircraft carrier Bennington off Rhode Island, killing 103 crewmen in one of the worst peacetime disasters in Navy history. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 27, 1954: Explosion rips carrier Bennington," 27 May 2018

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circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

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peacetime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peacetime

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

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