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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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Examples from the web for peaceable
  • But if you want a peaceable kingdom without endless rumblings and mutinous plots, you've planted some toxic weeds in your garden.
  • As the two-week meeting unfolded, however, conflict kept disrupting this peaceable kingdom.
  • But one can't go the other way and say that this means that they will likely be peaceable, either.
  • The residents of this peaceable kingdom were not people--they were birds, of a species called the white-fronted bee-eater.
  • Nina, brought up to be so peaceable, wondered if this was normal life.
  • And trade, so often presented to us as naturally peaceable, was armed to the teeth.
  • Presumably, the other half of the human population is already sufficiently peaceable.
  • Both these brothers were religious, and their reigns peaceable.
  • Indeed, it would seem that violence is becoming the order of the day in this once peaceable community.
  • Yet countries do escape poverty, and do not always grow more peaceable in the process.
British Dictionary definitions for peaceable


inclined towards peace
tranquil; calm
Derived Forms
peaceableness, noun
peaceably, 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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