Meaning of “peaceful” in the English Dictionary

"peaceful" in British English

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uk /ˈpiːs.fəl/ us /ˈpiːs.fəl/

peaceful adjective (NO VIOLENCE)

B2 without violence:

peaceful demonstrators
She hoped the different ethnic groups in the area could live together in peaceful co-existence.

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  • the onerous task of finding a peaceful solution
  • a peaceful protest
  • The president is predisposed towards negotiation and favours a peaceful way of resolving the crisis.
  • Her speech about the need for a peaceful solution to the crisis fell on stony ground.
  • There has been a dramatic shift in public opinion towards peaceful negotiations.
adverb uk /ˈpiːs.fəl.i/ us /ˈpiːs.fəl.i/


  • The protest march went off peacefully with only two arrests.
  • The pop festival passed off peacefully, despite the fears of local residents.
  • Voting took place peacefully across most of the country.
  • It is being seen as a last-ditch attempt to resolve the crisis peacefully.
  • Everyone has the right to demonstrate peacefully.


He was back in her arms and she could once again sleep peacefully.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpiːs.fəl.nəs/ us /ˈpiːs.fəl.nəs/

A kind of peacefulness overcame him as he stared up at the stars.

(Definition of “peaceful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"peaceful" in American English

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peacefuladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈpis·fəl/

free from war or violence:

The US is promoting a peaceful and rapid solution to the present crisis.

calm and quiet; free from worries or annoyances:

It’s so peaceful by the lake.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈpis·fə·li/

She died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90.
noun [ U ] us /ˈpis·fəl·nəs/

(Definition of “peaceful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"peaceful" in Business English

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uk /ˈpiːsfəl/ us

not involving war or violence:

peaceful demonstration/protest/resolution People have the right to a peaceful demonstration.

(Definition of “peaceful” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)