[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for non-violence


/ (nɒnˈvaɪələns) /


abstention from the use of physical force to achieve goals

Derived Forms

nonviolent, adjective
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