1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Peaceful activities and situations do not involve war.

He has attempted to find a peaceful solution to the Ossetian conflict...

They emphasised that their equipment was for peaceful and not military purposes.

Derived words:
peacefully ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The US military expects the matter to be resolved peacefully.

2) ADJ-GRADED Peaceful occasions happen without violence or serious disorder.

The farmers staged a noisy but peaceful protest outside the headquarters of the organization...

Despite the violence that preceded the elections, reports say that polling was orderly and peaceful.

Derived words:
peacefully ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Ten thousand people are reported to have taken part in the protest which passed off peacefully.

3) ADJ-GRADED Peaceful people are not violent and try to avoid quarrelling or fighting with other people.

...warriors who killed or enslaved the peaceful farmers.

Derived words:
peacefully ADV-GRADED ADV with v

They've been living and working peacefully with members of various ethnic groups.

4) ADJ-GRADED A peaceful place or time is quiet, calm, and free from disturbance.

...a peaceful Georgian house in the heart of Dorset...

Mornings are usually quiet and peaceful in Hueytown.

Derived words:
peacefully ADV-GRADED ADV after v

Except for traffic noise the night passed peacefully.

5) ADJ-GRADED Someone who feels or looks peaceful feels or looks calm and free from worry.

I feel relaxed and peaceful...

The animals look peaceful and happy.

worried, anxious
Derived words:
peacefully ADV-GRADED

Would she wake to find Gaston sleeping peacefully at her side?

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