- 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
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1. amicable, friendly, amiable.
1. quarrelsome, hostile.
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Examples from the Web for peaceably
In his remarks, Ahmad doubted that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict could ever be peaceably settled.Pro-Palestinian Group Lectured On Skirting Terror Laws
December 5, 2014
I try to be tolerant of Muslims' reverence for their prophet and support their right to peaceably assemble over it.This Islamophobe Is An Arab-American Christian Like Me
Anna Lekas Miller
September 17, 2012
Let them go on without control: Let the devil enjoy them peaceably.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
The others, he learned afterward, were peaceably at a singing club of their own.The Prisoner
“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.
"Well, if you can get in peaceably, so much the better," said the magistrate.
- inclined towards peace
- tranquil; calm
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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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