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[pee-suh-buh l] /ˈpi sə bəl/
inclined or disposed to avoid strife or dissension; not argumentative or hostile:
a peaceable person; a peaceable disposition.
peaceful; tranquil:
in peaceable periods; a peaceable adjustment of a dispute.
Origin of peaceable
1300-50; Middle English pesible < Middle French paisible. See peace, -able
Related forms
peaceableness, noun
peaceably, adverb
unpeaceable, adjective
unpeaceably, adverb
Can be confused
peaceable, peaceful (see synonym study at peaceful)
1. amicable, friendly, amiable.
1. quarrelsome, hostile. Unabridged
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  • peaceable Ambrose would have remonstrated, but Stephen was implacable.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I am peaceable, and don't get up rows with people that ain't doing nothing to me.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "Been gone two minutes," he remarked, with a peaceable yawn.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • We can live in friendship with only peaceable honourable people.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • It is not their want of courage that renders them so peaceable, for their valour is well known.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • The district in Mr. Balfour's time was pleasant and peaceable.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Your own people, the people of Germany, are a peaceable, home-loving people.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • He was as quiet-spoken as the Colonel, and as precise, and as peaceable.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for peaceable


inclined towards peace
tranquil; calm
Derived Forms
peaceableness, noun
peaceably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for peaceable

early 14c., from Old French paisible "peaceful" (12c.), from pais (see peace). Related: Peacably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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