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peaceable

Syllabification: peace·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈpēsəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of peaceable in English:

adjective

1Inclined to avoid argument or violent conflict: they were famed as an industrious, peaceable, practical people
More example sentences
  • And though their numbers are small compared to the peaceable majority, they nevertheless constitute a growing hinterland for this militancy.
  • And because I am a peaceable citizen, I should easily meet his criterion that no immediate damage would be done by allowing this.
  • In the Golden Age (which Hesiod says was long before his own time) men were naturally peaceable, and for that reason there was no war.
Synonyms
peace-loving, nonviolent, nonaggressive, nonconfrontational, easygoing, placid, gentle, inoffensive, good-natured, even-tempered, amiable, amicable, friendly, affable, genial, pacific, dovelike, dovish, unwarlike, pacifist
formal irenic
1.1Free from argument or conflict; peaceful: the mainly peaceable daily demonstrations for democratic reform
More example sentences
  • On Sunday and Monday, the police fell back to let unpermitted demonstrations proceed to their peaceable conclusions.
  • There's now a way to move forward through entirely peaceable and democratic means.
  • This clearly acknowledges the possibility that innocent civilians going about their peaceable business may be stopped, hassled, even arrested, merely for resembling someone naughty.
Synonyms
peaceful, strife-free, harmonious;
law-abiding, disciplined, orderly, civilized

Origin

Middle English: from Old French peisible, alteration of plaisible, from late Latin placibilis 'pleasing', from Latin placere 'to please'.

Derivatives

peaceableness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Indologists like to extrapolate the peaceableness of the Hindus from a (often slightly orientalist) reading of philosophical texts.
  • What leads to peace is not violence but peaceableness, which is not passivity, but an alert, informed, practiced, and active state of being.
  • This is the basis of a civilised society in which secular law is enforced rarely because responsibility and peaceableness has been written on the hearts of the citizens.

peaceably

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • There is also no chance that we will ever see the error of our ways and live peaceably in harmony with one another.
  • The only way we could have peaceably lived together would have been for me to pretend this wasn't happening.
  • That said, it is Western values that have allowed people of different religions, cultures, and ethnicities to live together peaceably.

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