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 An extension announced Monday would stretch the peacetime emergency for almost eight months, or about 244 days. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Minnesota governor to extend peacetime emergency," 8 Oct. 2020 Even in peacetime, governments’ preparations for war can bring social and economic benefits. Margaret Macmillan, WSJ, "The World That War Has Made," 2 Oct. 2020 The 1958 destruction of Ripple Rock represents one of the largest peacetime explosions ever, and was one of the first events televised live across the country by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "Pig sex and celery have a surprising connection," 30 Sep. 2020 Eleven days earlier, Roosevelt had signed the Selective Service Act, the first peacetime draft in the country’s history. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "Why FDR Chose Not to Desegregate the Military," 26 Sep. 2020 That’s around 16% of GDP, the highest in peacetime. Lucy Meakin,, "Sunak Can Flex U.K. Stimulus Credit Card in Unfazed Markets," 24 Sep. 2020 Special forces aside, most Western armed forces, accustomed to a clear transition from peace to war, lack the legal authority to jump into a peacetime crisis with guns blazing—or the disregard for ethics to wield weapons like Novichok. The Economist, "Into the greyzone Britain’s armed forces get ready for a revolution," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent archaeological discoveries have revealed that Themistocles’ leadership in peacetime was just as great as his generalship in war. John Psaropoulos, WSJ, "For Greece, the Battle of Salamis Never Ended," 3 Sep. 2020 Walz declares a peacetime emergency and mobilizes the Minnesota National Guard, and also directs approximately 150 Minnesota State Patrol troopers to provide support as looting continues. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Unrest in downtown Minneapolis: How it unfolded," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of peacetime

circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

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“Peacetime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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