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 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 for peaceable

Antonyms for peaceable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peaceable

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Historical Examples of peaceable

  • 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.


    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



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

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

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