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  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.

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)

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Antonyms for peaceable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for peaceably

calmly, peacefully, quietly, peaceably

Examples from the Web for peaceably

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Historical Examples of peaceably

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for peaceably


  1. inclined towards peace
  2. tranquil; calm
Derived Formspeaceableness, nounpeaceably, adverb
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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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