Definition of peacefully in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːsfʊli/


1Without disturbance; tranquilly: the baby slept peacefully in its cradle
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  • The tiny twin baby girls sleeping peacefully side by side are little miracles.
  • The girl seeks protection from a nurse or grandmother while the baby sleeps peacefully in its mother's arms.
  • In her arms was a newborn baby girl, peacefully sleeping, wrapped in a light pink towel.
1.1(Of death) without pain: she died peacefully in her sleep
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  • Half a year later he died peacefully, a natural death, with dignity.
  • I would like the option to say my goodbyes and slip peacefully away before the pain claims me and my mind and body fail.
  • She was supposed to live to a ripe old age and die peacefully in her sleep, devoid of any pain.
2Without war or violence: the siege ended peacefully
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  • It is tyrannical because, while it asserts a global monopoly of violence, we cannot peacefully remove and replace it.
  • Officers had previously believed that negotiations were proving effective, raising hopes the siege could be resolved peacefully.
  • The siege ended peacefully five days later when riot police moved in.

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