- not violent; free of violence.
- peacefully resistant, as in response to or protest against injustice, especially on moral or philosophical grounds.
Origin of nonviolent
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Examples from the Web for non-violent
An investment in creating a non-violent world for adolescent girls will have many positive impacts.How Your Company Can End Violence Against Girls
October 9, 2014
“If we want to see Palestinians making the choice of non-violent resistance, that choice has to be incentivized,” said Munayyer.Israel’s Murdered Teenagers and Dying Hopes for Peace
July 1, 2014
In 2010, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China."Congress Trolls China With a Street Name
June 24, 2014
The protest at Recapture Canyon was non-violent, though there were guns present.How Cliven Bundy and the Land Rights Movement Screws Native Americans
May 14, 2014
About half of all illegal aliens deported since 2009 have either been immigration crimes or non-violent misdemeanors.Is Obama Really the Deporter-in-Chief? Yes and No.
April 30, 2014
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
The success of non-violent coercion is by no means assured in every case.
This group derives much of its inspiration from Gandhi and his non-violent movement for Indian independence.
Word Origin and History for non-violent
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