- the maintenance of international peace and security by the deployment of military forces in a particular area: the United Nations' efforts toward peacekeeping.
- an instance of this.
- for or pertaining to peacekeeping: peacekeeping forces.
Origin of peacekeeping
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Examples from the Web for peace-keeping
The blast had brought the headquarters of a peace-keeping force of 1,600 U.S. Marines to the ground.Beirut: Echoes Of 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing In Hassan Attack
October 23, 2012
A fiercely quarrelsome folk, a peace-keeping, gentle folk will sound their note very soon.1492
"Let's get it plumb straight, Dave," he pleaded, in the quiet tone of one who will leave no peace-keeping stone unturned.The Real Man
In 1961 the peace-keeping strength of the United Nations was reinforced.
- the maintenance of peace, esp the prevention of further fighting between hostile forces in an area
- (as modifier)a UN peacekeeping force
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Word Origin and History for peace-keeping
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