[non-ri-zis-tuh ns]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-resistance

Historical Examples of non-resistance

  • "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

Word Origin and History for non-resistance

1640s, from non- + resistance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper