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[non-vahy-uh-luh nt] /nɒnˈvaɪ ə lənt/
not violent; free of violence.
peacefully resistant, as in response to or protest against injustice, especially on moral or philosophical grounds.
Origin of nonviolent
First recorded in 1915-20; non- + violent
Related forms
nonviolently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It will be destroyed if it is not kept by non-violent method.

    India for Indians

    C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • She didn't fit into the bland, non-violent world of Malcomb and Hoppy.

    Star Performer Robert J. Shea
  • It proposes to do so only by means that are honourable and non-violent.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • The success of non-violent coercion is by no means assured in every case.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • This group derives much of its inspiration from Gandhi and his non-violent movement for Indian independence.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
Word Origin and History for non-violent

also nonviolent, 1896, from non- + violent. From 1920 in reference to "principle or practice of abstaining from violence," in writings of M.K. Gandhi.

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. [Gandhi, "Non-violence in Peace and War," 1948]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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