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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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. Bloomberg.com, "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 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

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First Known Use of peacetime

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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