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.

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NBC News reported that there hasn’t been a deadlier violent incident during peacetime in the country since 1900. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Mosque Shooting Attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Resulted in Dozens of Deaths," 15 Mar. 2019 Gun violence is rare in the country; the last act of mass violence during peacetime was in 1990, when a gunman killed 13 people, NBC News reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry Respond to the Tragic Shootings in New Zealand," 15 Mar. 2019 Asquith’s collegial leadership was far more effective during peacetime than during war, which reminds us all that style must suit situation. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Politics and Policy," 10 Dec. 2018 Horowitz writes: In peacetime, leaders must maximize and broaden the current opportunity. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 But the idea of transforming wartime weapons for peacetime use was not without its critics. Longreads, "How Lobbyists Normalized the Use of Chemical Weapons on American Civilians," 24 Nov. 2014 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 No peace treaty was signed, and Kim Il Sung retained the military discipline of the war to mobilize his population for a peacetime recovery., "Why Doesn’t North Korea Want to Be More Like Its Neighbors?," 23 May 2018 But this was peacetime and in many ways things have returned to normal in Mosul, remarkably so given the level of destruction and killing in recent years. Photographs And Text By Ivor Prickett, New York Times, "‘Here Is the Graveyard of ISIS’: In Mosul, the Garbage Men Collect Remains," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of peacetime

circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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