Definition of peaceful in US English:

peaceful

adjective

  • 1Free from disturbance; tranquil.

    ‘everything was so quiet and peaceful in the early morning’
    • ‘The only way in was by boat, making the countryside all the more peaceful and tranquil.’
    • ‘There is great value in the splendid isolation of a quiet walk along a peaceful river.’
    • ‘We were lucky to secure a seafront apartment and our row of apartments had a peaceful and relaxing ambience.’
    • ‘The couple have created a peaceful, restful place, with a wide range of colourful flowers.’
    • ‘Free speech and open discussion are crucial components of a free and peaceful society.’
    • ‘Sitting there and throwing out a line, you can enjoy a peaceful day without being disturbed.’
    • ‘The peaceful and tranquil room will be used by students in the school who are taking part in the programme.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's so quiet and peaceful it is hard to believe there's a hectic Indian city on the other side of the walls.’
    • ‘A central patio with a lush garden and a small pond creates a peaceful mood in the midst of a busy city.’
    • ‘This tranquil and peaceful haven is home to some of the largest and rarest trees and shrubs in England.’
    • ‘A peaceful, relaxing environment, free of interruptions and disturbances, is best.’
    • ‘I have finally found some peaceful, stress free time to actually do some worship.’
    • ‘So, if someone asked you to visualise somewhere peaceful and relaxing, where would you take yourself?’
    • ‘It did help me sleep, and also left me feeling rather peaceful and pleasant as I drifted off.’
    • ‘Election officials reported that balloting was peaceful and largely free of problems.’
    • ‘Listening to a flowing creek may be just the thing for relaxing on a peaceful afternoon.’
    • ‘It was not as peaceful and relaxing as we were led to believe it would be.’
    • ‘It was calm, peaceful and relaxing but Natalie felt the total opposite.’
    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 and seriously wounded at an otherwise peaceful demonstration’
    • ‘The only stable government is one that allows for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.’
    • ‘Under such circumstances, a peaceful reunification of Europe would never have taken place.’
    • ‘He has vowed to end the conflict by peaceful or military means.’
    • ‘We demonstrated against the broadcast and our demonstrations were peaceful.’
    • ‘He said his party is against all sort of violence and demands the peaceful resolution to the issue.’
    • ‘Everywhere, struggles over the land, whether peaceful or violent, shaped political attitudes.’
    • ‘There have been a number of examples of peaceful conflict resolution in places that have been hot spots for decades.’
    • ‘However, it is also our responsibility to argue for prevention of violence and peaceful resolution of conflict.’
    • ‘Yet there was clear evidence that the demonstrations were good-natured and peaceful.’
    • ‘She still has powerful words of wisdom about the need to find peaceful means to resolve conflict.’
    • ‘Unitarians believe there should be peaceful co-existence between nations as well as between people.’
    • ‘If you are going to a peaceful demonstration, why do you need to prepare legal strategies for arrests?’
    • ‘The demonstration was peaceful and there was minimal disruption to traffic.’
    • ‘I think we'll actually see some peaceful resolution in a very short term.’
    • ‘Militant anarchists intent on violence broke away from peaceful demonstrators and left a trail of destruction.’
    • ‘Also, I think people did respond to police violence against peaceful protests.’
    • ‘We urge all the campaigners, young and old, to stay calm and keep their demonstrations peaceful and responsible.’
    • ‘We have to address our differences not through violent means but with dialogue and peaceful debate.’
    • ‘In short, it rules out anything that would disturb peaceful trade among individuals.’
    • ‘The voting process was peaceful, and people eventually accepted the results.’
    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; not aggressive.
      ‘Dad was a peaceful, law-abiding citizen’
      • ‘He was a relatively peaceful man and I have no idea why he let his creature do what it did.’
      • ‘The majority like the Swindon Muslim community are law abiding and peaceful.’
      • ‘Suddenly an Army jeep appeared from around the bend, speeding crazily through the peaceful crowd.’
      • ‘The vast majority of Muslims are peaceful citizens who contribute to the good of their societies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not that I'm advocating the formation of a violent, angry mob rather than a peaceful crowd of protesters.’
      • ‘What can peaceful Russian citizens do to help in the fight against terrorism?’
      • ‘Is it vent of rage against many peaceful people who have done nothing to him?’
      • ‘All others in this country are descendants of mass murderers or peaceful immigrants.’
      • ‘It's amazing how the mob mentality took over thousands of normally peaceful people.’
      • ‘Some of the footage was of a tribe called the South Fore, who were a peaceful and friendly people.’
      • ‘Please help us expose this extreme, undemocratic and brutal attack on peaceful citizens.’
      • ‘This is a shame as most of them I meet are peaceful and friendly and very interested in the West.’
      • ‘It is that too many people are not peaceful, and we still need the military to keep the peace between them.’
      • ‘Moreover, he is keen to make known that peaceful campaigners suffer violence in the pursuit of their cause.’
      • ‘This should be a great day for the city with peaceful fans wanting to watch their teams play.’

Pronunciation

peaceful

/ˈpēsfəl//ˈpisfəl/