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[pees-tahym] /ˈpisˌtaɪm/
a time or period of peace:
a large navy even in peacetime.
of or for such a period:
peacetime uses of atomic energy.
Origin of peacetime
1545-55; peace + time Unabridged
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  • We had the luxury of conducting that debate in a peacetime setting that allowed us to make a rational decision.
  • But critics and boosters alike say unmanned aircraft will increasingly be used for peacetime work.
  • In addition, it is looked upon as an example to other nations to return to a peacetime structure.
  • Even in peacetime, few foreigners penetrated its nearly roadless wilderness.
  • Many indeed have been able to carry on their war research in their familiar peacetime laboratories.
  • In peacetime, these breathtaking claims to unilateral executive authority would be shocking.
  • Foreign policy is a major regulation needed in the budget also, military and peacetime regulation.
  • Such peacetime virtues are not easily transformed into military effectiveness.
  • While drones are best known for their overseas military applications, they have a number of commercial, peacetime uses.
  • In today's campaign the extra costs incurred by the military over and above peacetime costs are not great.
British Dictionary definitions for peacetime


  1. a period without war; time of peace
  2. (as modifier): a peacetime agreement
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Word Origin and History for peacetime

also peace-time, 1550s, from peace + time (n.).

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