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[non-ri-zis-tuh ns] /ˌnɒn rɪˈzɪs təns/
the policy or practice of not resisting violence or established authority, even when tyrannical, by force.
Origin of nonresistance
First recorded in 1635-45; non- + resistance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "After all, it all hinges upon the non-resistance of evil," said Kate.

    The Right Knock

    Helen Van-Anderson
  • Has the duty of non-resistance no exceptions nor abatements in the vegetable kingdom?

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • Meeting Wyndham at the gate, he counselled a policy of non-resistance.

  • Your creed is one of non-resistance to violence,” I said—“is it not?

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  • They were not the first men to do violence for the sake of the principle of non-resistance.

    Quaker Hill Warren H. Wilson
  • For they have their ways of asserting themselves, in spite of non-resistance.

    Quaker Hill Warren H. Wilson
  • It was urged that Nero was then regnant when this command of non-resistance was given.

  • With regard to the Confederacy, Seward's policy was one of non-resistance.

    Abraham Lincoln and the Union Nathaniel W. Stephenson
  • It is all there: love of all men, and non-resistance of evil, and self-renunciation.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • But not Samuel: all he thought about was submission and non-resistance, which might provoke pity.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
Word Origin and History for non-resistance

1640s, from non- + resistance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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