Definition of peaceful in English:

peaceful

adjective

  • 1Free from disturbance; tranquil.

    ‘his peaceful mood vanished’
    • ‘It was not as peaceful and relaxing as we were led to believe it would be.’
    • ‘The cave remains a peaceful and secluded place, surrounded by pine forest.’
    • ‘Melody was shocked to hear such a crashing sound in a place so quiet and peaceful.’
    • ‘There is great value in the splendid isolation of a quiet walk along a peaceful river.’
    • ‘Election officials reported that balloting was peaceful and largely free of problems.’
    • ‘The couple have created a peaceful, restful place, with a wide range of colourful flowers.’
    • ‘It's so quiet and peaceful it is hard to believe there's a hectic Indian city on the other side of the walls.’
    • ‘It did help me sleep, and also left me feeling rather peaceful and pleasant as I drifted off.’
    • ‘The peaceful and tranquil room will be used by students in the school who are taking part in the programme.’
    • ‘I have finally found some peaceful, stress free time to actually do some worship.’
    • ‘This tranquil and peaceful haven is home to some of the largest and rarest trees and shrubs in England.’
    • ‘The only way in was by boat, making the countryside all the more peaceful and tranquil.’
    • ‘Listening to a flowing creek may be just the thing for relaxing on a peaceful afternoon.’
    • ‘It was calm, peaceful and relaxing but Natalie felt the total opposite.’
    • ‘A peaceful, relaxing environment, free of interruptions and disturbances, is best.’
    • ‘Sitting there and throwing out a line, you can enjoy a peaceful day without being disturbed.’
    • ‘Free speech and open discussion are crucial components of a free and peaceful society.’
    • ‘A central patio with a lush garden and a small pond creates a peaceful mood in the midst of a busy city.’
    • ‘We were lucky to secure a seafront apartment and our row of apartments had a peaceful and relaxing ambience.’
    • ‘So, if someone asked you to visualise somewhere peaceful and relaxing, where would you take yourself?’
    tranquil, calm, restful, pleasant, quiet, still, relaxing, soothing, sleepy, silent, soundless, hushed, noiseless, undisturbed, untroubled, private, secluded, solitary, isolated, free from disturbance, free from interference, free from interruption
    serene, calm, tranquil, composed, placid, at peace, at rest, at ease, in repose, reposeful, undisturbed, untroubled, unworried, unruffled, anxiety-free, content, blissful, secure
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  • 2Not involving war or violence.

    ‘a soldier was shot at an otherwise peaceful demonstration’
    • ‘He has vowed to end the conflict by peaceful or military means.’
    • ‘Yet there was clear evidence that the demonstrations were good-natured and peaceful.’
    • ‘We demonstrated against the broadcast and our demonstrations were peaceful.’
    • ‘However, it is also our responsibility to argue for prevention of violence and peaceful resolution of conflict.’
    • ‘The demonstration was peaceful and there was minimal disruption to traffic.’
    • ‘He said his party is against all sort of violence and demands the peaceful resolution to the issue.’
    • ‘Also, I think people did respond to police violence against peaceful protests.’
    • ‘Everywhere, struggles over the land, whether peaceful or violent, shaped political attitudes.’
    • ‘In short, it rules out anything that would disturb peaceful trade among individuals.’
    • ‘Under such circumstances, a peaceful reunification of Europe would never have taken place.’
    • ‘The voting process was peaceful, and people eventually accepted the results.’
    • ‘There have been a number of examples of peaceful conflict resolution in places that have been hot spots for decades.’
    • ‘We have to address our differences not through violent means but with dialogue and peaceful debate.’
    • ‘She still has powerful words of wisdom about the need to find peaceful means to resolve conflict.’
    • ‘The only stable government is one that allows for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.’
    • ‘Unitarians believe there should be peaceful co-existence between nations as well as between people.’
    • ‘I think we'll actually see some peaceful resolution in a very short term.’
    • ‘We urge all the campaigners, young and old, to stay calm and keep their demonstrations peaceful and responsible.’
    • ‘If you are going to a peaceful demonstration, why do you need to prepare legal strategies for arrests?’
    • ‘Militant anarchists intent on violence broke away from peaceful demonstrators and left a trail of destruction.’
    harmonious, at peace, strife-free, peaceable, conflict-free, on good terms, amicable, friendly, cordial, non-violent, unwarlike
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    1. 2.1 (of a person) inclined to avoid conflict.
      ‘Dad was a peaceful, law-abiding citizen’
      • ‘The vast majority of Muslims are peaceful citizens who contribute to the good of their societies.’
      • ‘This is a shame as most of them I meet are peaceful and friendly and very interested in the West.’
      • ‘Suddenly an Army jeep appeared from around the bend, speeding crazily through the peaceful crowd.’
      • ‘Not that I'm advocating the formation of a violent, angry mob rather than a peaceful crowd of protesters.’
      • ‘This should be a great day for the city with peaceful fans wanting to watch their teams play.’
      • ‘It's amazing how the mob mentality took over thousands of normally peaceful people.’
      • ‘The majority like the Swindon Muslim community are law abiding and peaceful.’
      • ‘They're trying to destroy peaceful, loving people who just want to relax.’
      • ‘All his life he was a quiet, gentle and peaceful man and he departed this life in the same manner.’
      • ‘Is it vent of rage against many peaceful people who have done nothing to him?’
      • ‘Some of the footage was of a tribe called the South Fore, who were a peaceful and friendly people.’
      • ‘What can peaceful Russian citizens do to help in the fight against terrorism?’
      • ‘Please help us expose this extreme, undemocratic and brutal attack on peaceful citizens.’
      • ‘Moreover, he is keen to make known that peaceful campaigners suffer violence in the pursuit of their cause.’
      • ‘All others in this country are descendants of mass murderers or peaceful immigrants.’
      • ‘It is that too many people are not peaceful, and we still need the military to keep the peace between them.’
      • ‘He was a relatively peaceful man and I have no idea why he let his creature do what it did.’

Pronunciation

peaceful

/ˈpiːsfʊl//ˈpiːsf(ə)l/