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  • 1Inclined to avoid argument or violent conflict.

    ‘they were famed as an industrious, peaceable, practical people’
    • ‘And though their numbers are small compared to the peaceable majority, they nevertheless constitute a growing hinterland for this militancy.’
    • ‘And because I am a peaceable citizen, I should easily meet his criterion that no immediate damage would be done by allowing this.’
    • ‘In the Golden Age (which Hesiod says was long before his own time) men were naturally peaceable, and for that reason there was no war.’
    • ‘Nor did he attack peaceable Cheyennes in ignorance.’
    • ‘It points out how neither the left nor the right has been able to resist enacting its moral programs as law, and neither is content to leave peaceable citizens alone.’
    • ‘The first, which has even been recognised by Canadian law, is that freedom of speech should be subject to such limits so as not to be detrimental to peaceable society.’
    • ‘Manners, for her, are one of the ways we show respect for others, mind our own business, and maintain a peaceable and kind society.’
    • ‘That anger, however, will not lead me into a terrorist response, any more than it will the vast majority of our overwhelmingly peaceable citizens.’
    • ‘He is overly gentle and peaceable, perhaps Roman Catholic and perhaps a man with Portuguese blood.’
    • ‘I found myself in the midst of a huge peaceable army of helpers in a thousand uniforms - military and civilian.’
    • ‘Okay, but then how would an airline figure out that he's a peaceable fellow except by, well, identifying him?’
    • ‘As a passenger in other people's vehicles, I have seen how normally peaceable and polite people become aggressive and rude behind the wheel of a car.’
    • ‘Reportedly, the otherwise peaceable crowd pelted him with plastic bottles and bran muffins.’
    • ‘She asked: ‘Why do you seek to destroy this city where there are so many peaceable people?’’
    • ‘It is a, so far, peaceful place filled with, I think, peaceable people.’
    • ‘Indeed, he was most peaceable as he accepted the chain of office, though he did remind us of a Hollywood boxer at one point.’
    • ‘Despite my ferocious exterior, I'm a reasonably peaceable soul.’
    • ‘Instead they chose to trap and taunt a group of peaceable people; the only trouble I saw was caused by local kids, not by protestors.’
    peace-loving, unwarlike, non-belligerent, non-violent, non-combative, non-aggressive, conflict-free, easy, easy-going, placid, gentle, meek, mild, inoffensive, good-natured, even-tempered, amiable, amicable, friendly, affable, genial, civil, cooperative, conciliatory, pacific, pacifist, anti-war, dove-like, dovish
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    1. 1.1Free from argument or conflict; peaceful.
      ‘the mainly peaceable daily demonstrations for democratic reform’
      • ‘On Sunday and Monday, the police fell back to let unpermitted demonstrations proceed to their peaceable conclusions.’
      • ‘There's now a way to move forward through entirely peaceable and democratic means.’
      • ‘This clearly acknowledges the possibility that innocent civilians going about their peaceable business may be stopped, hassled, even arrested, merely for resembling someone naughty.’
      • ‘The holding of a demonstration or vigil, however peaceable, had nothing to do with the right of passage, and the justices had therefore been right to convict.’
      • ‘At worst, the outcome could be wholesale slaughter on a scale that makes the current level of daily mayhem look like the peaceable kingdom.’
      • ‘They now have the tools to find peaceable solutions to conflict.’
      • ‘There can be no such thing as a peaceable secession.’
      • ‘But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.’
      • ‘Elections happen on time and votes are accurately counted and peaceable changes of government occur as a matter of unremarkable course.’
      • ‘Throughout these poems, the implicit argument is: Why can't the whole world be as peaceable as my little corner of it is?’
      • ‘It'll not modify my parking habits but I'll be a lot less inclined to condemn and far more likely to engage the farmer in a peaceable conversation when the situation arises.’
      • ‘But because the subordination is inspired at root by anxiety and denial, it is not a peaceable subordination.’
      • ‘Others went on to lead normal, peaceable lives.’
      • ‘The Viking city in 975 AD is a fairly peaceable sort of place.’
      • ‘While most of the Culture lives in this peaceable way, some spend their life fighting amongst more primitive civilizations.’
      • ‘We don't need to look very far to see this: our own, supposedly peaceable country provides enough examples.’
      • ‘For now, the religious factions are facing off in a fairly rarefied and generally peaceable manner.’
      peaceful, strife-free, harmonious, amicable, amiable, friendly, cordial
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/ˈpēsəb(ə)l/ /ˈpisəb(ə)l/


Middle English from Old French peisible, alteration of plaisible, from late Latin placibilis ‘pleasing’, from Latin placere ‘to please’.