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Peaceful vs Peaceable

Judy Vorfeld
PEACEABLE to avoid strife … pro­mote calm.

PEACEFUL means serene, tran­quil. Example: the entire facil­ity was designed to pro­vide ten­ants with peace­ful sur­round­ings. It sat in the mid­dle of rolling hills, far away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the near­est town.

Both words are adjec­tives, so they can seem almost inter­change­able. I tend to think of peace­ful as already tran­quil, while peace­able is more of an atti­tude one works on. It sug­gests a bit more energy.


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