nonviolence

[ non-vahy-uh-luhns ]
/ nɒnˈvaɪ ə ləns /

noun

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.

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Origin of nonviolence

First recorded in 1830–35; def. 2 was brought into prominence by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920–25, and again by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1955–60; non- + violence; possibly a loan translation of Sanskrit ahiṃsā; see origin at ahimsa
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British Dictionary definitions for nonviolence

nonviolence
/ (nɒnˈvaɪələns) /

noun

abstention from the use of physical force to achieve goals

Derived forms of nonviolence

nonviolent, adjective
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