Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Tending to diminish or put an end to conflict; appeasing.
  • adjective Of a peaceful nature; tranquil.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to make or restore peace; adapted to reconcile differences; peace-making; conciliatory; mild; appeasing: as, to offer pacific propositions to a belligerent power.
  • Peaceful; not warlike: as, a man of pacific disposition.
  • Characterized by peace or calm; calm; tranquil: as, a pacific state of things.
  • [capitalized] Appellative of the ocean lying between the west coast of America and the east coast of Asia: so called on account of the exemption from violent, tempests which early navigators supposed it to enjoy; hence, relating to or connected with that ocean.
  • =Syn. 1-3. Pacific, Peaceable, Peaceful, gentle, quiet, smooth, unruffled. Pacific, making or desiring to make peace; peaceable, desiring to be at peace, free from the disposition to quarrel; peaceful, in a state of peace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun The Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to peace; of a peaceful character; not warlike; not quarrelsome
  • adjective Promoting peace; suited to make or restore peace; conciliatory.
  • adjective of or pertaining to the Pacific Ocean.
  • adjective the ocean between America and Asia, so called by Magellan, its first European navigator, on account of the exemption from violent tempests which he enjoyed while sailing over it; -- called also, simply, the Pacific, and, formerly, the South sea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Calm, peaceful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective disposed to peace or of a peaceful nature
  • noun the largest ocean in the world
  • adjective relating to or bordering the Pacific Ocean
  • adjective promoting peace

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French pacifique, from Old French pacifice, from Latin pācificus : pāx, pāc-, peace; see pag- in Indo-European roots + -ficus, -fic.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French pacifique.

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