peacekeeping

[ pees-kee-ping ]
/ ˈpisˌki pɪŋ /
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noun

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.

adjective

for or pertaining to peacekeeping: peacekeeping forces.

Nearby words

  1. peaceably,
  2. peaceful,
  3. peaceful coexistence,
  4. peacefully,
  5. peacekeeper,
  6. peacemaker,
  7. peacemaking,
  8. peacenik,
  9. peacetime,
  10. peach

Origin of peacekeeping

First recorded in 1960–65; peace + keeping

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British Dictionary definitions for peace-keeping

peacekeeping

/ (ˈpiːsˌkiːpɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the maintenance of peace, esp the prevention of further fighting between hostile forces in an area
  2. (as modifier)a UN peacekeeping force
Derived Formspeacekeeper, noun

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Word Origin and History for peace-keeping

peace-keeping

n.

also peacekeeping, 1961 in the international sense, from peace + keeping, verbal noun from keep (v.). Earlier "preservation of law and order" (mid-15c.). Related: Peace-keeper (1570s).

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