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peaceable

[pee-suh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. inclined or disposed to avoid strife or dissension; not argumentative or hostile: a peaceable person; a peaceable disposition.
  2. peaceful; tranquil: in peaceable periods; a peaceable adjustment of a dispute.
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Origin of peaceable

1300–50; Middle English pesible < Middle French paisible. See peace, -able
Related formspeace·a·ble·ness, nounpeace·a·bly, adverbun·peace·a·ble, adjectiveun·peace·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedpeaceable peaceful (see synonym study at peaceful)

Synonyms

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1. amicable, friendly, amiable.

Antonyms

1. quarrelsome, hostile.
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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for peaceable

peaceable

adjective
  1. inclined towards peace
  2. tranquil; calm
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Derived Formspeaceableness, nounpeaceably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for peaceable

adj.

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

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