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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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  • For them, non-resistance becomes an end in itself, rather than a means for achieving other purposes.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • "After all, it all hinges upon the non-resistance of evil," said Kate.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • A brave man, who is not a scoffer, attacks the doctrine of non-resistance, and lays down his life for the faith that is in him.

    Forty-one Thieves Angelo Hall
  • Meeting Wyndham at the gate, he counselled a policy of non-resistance.

  • non-resistance to evil is the negation of life, and the negation of life is the negation of faith.

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

    The Maids of Paradise Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  • Adna sickened soon of his task, and Kedzie's silence and non-resistance robbed him of excuse.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • It was urged that Nero was then regnant when this command of non-resistance was given.

  • He has begun to have opinions of his own as to taxes, and concerning the plain duty of non-resistance.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • With regard to the Confederacy, Seward's policy was one of non-resistance.

    Abraham Lincoln and the Union Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Word Origin and History for non-resistance

1640s, from non- + resistance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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