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[non-vahy-uh-luh ns] /nɒnˈvaɪ ə ləns/
absence or lack of violence; state or condition of avoiding violence.
the policy, practice, or technique of refraining from the use of violence, especially when reacting to or protesting against oppression, injustice, discrimination, or the like.
Origin of nonviolence
First recorded in 1915-20; non- + violence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • nonviolence is the natural outgrowth of the law of forgiveness and love.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • He believed in nonviolence and the sanctity of life—until the first test, when he had killed without hesitation.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • nonviolence is essential to these people—they have vitality without needing destruction.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • It takes a fairly strenuous course of training to attain a mental state of nonviolence.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Every problem would lend itself to solution if we determined to make the law of truth and nonviolence the law of life.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for nonviolence


abstention from the use of physical force to achieve goals
Derived Forms
nonviolent, adjective
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