Definition of peaceful in US English:

peaceful

adjective

  • 1Free from disturbance; tranquil.

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

Pronunciation

peaceful

/ˈpēsfəl//ˈpisfəl/