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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But in peacetime those same men, unable to conform to society, lived wretched lives beyond the outskirts of villages and towns. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores mankind’s fascination with bears, from Stone Age to 'Winnie the Pooh’," 31 Aug. 2019 The country’s pain is legion: Its GDP has shrunk 26% in eight years—the biggest recession in history of any country in peacetime, save perhaps for the Great Depression. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, "Greece’s Daunting Challenge: “Hundreds of Thousands of Talented People Have Left”," 30 July 2019 The early American republic maintained only a token military force in peacetime, and instead relied heavily on state militias for national defense. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 Thousands of people donned headscarves at an open-air prayer service in a show of unity with Muslim victims of New Zealand’s deadliest peacetime massacre, as a cleric declared the nation’s spirit to be unbreakable. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "New Zealanders, Shaken by Massacre, Join Islamic Prayers at Memorial," 22 Mar. 2019 Capitalizing on this gap, as some might call it, in standing privacy law, wide-area-camera manufacturers and users often turn the all-seeing eye on peacetime populations in the United States and elsewhere without their knowledge. Arthur Holland Michel, The Atlantic, "Aerial Surveillance Is Astonishingly Legal," 3 Aug. 2019 Johncock’s team is responsible for underwater construction, inspection, repair and demolition operations, supporting both peacetime and wartime missions. Rich Heileman,, "He takes do-it-yourself creativity to the depths: Around The Town," 12 July 2019 The next prime minister will face perhaps Britain’s greatest peacetime crisis, Brexit, one that turns on the sort of labyrinthine details that Mr. Johnson so avoids. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Sure, Boris Johnson Is Funny. But Has He Ever Done a Job Well?," 22 July 2019 But four peaks fail to fully capture the miracle: 400,000 souls uniting in peacetime on a project so ambitious as to appear ludicrous. Brandon R. Brown, Smithsonian, "Apollo Engineers Discuss What It Took to Land on the Moon," 12 July 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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