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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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  • Let them go on without control: Let the devil enjoy them peaceably.


    James Anthony Froude
  • The others, he learned afterward, were peaceably at a singing club of their own.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • “We will run them peaceably, just as long as we can,” smiled de Spain.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • But everything else was peaceably assigned to Richard and his associate.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • "Well, if you can get in peaceably, so much the better," said the magistrate.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Away from home, they are as peaceably inclined as you could desire.

  • If you others can persuade him to restore them peaceably, why, do it.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • They were peaceably inclined to share and share alike with the pale faces.

    Dorothy on a Ranch Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for peaceably


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 peaceably



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

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