nonviolent

[ non-vahy-uh-luh nt ]
/ nɒnˈvaɪ ə lənt /

adjective

not violent; free of violence.
peacefully resistant, as in response to or protest against injustice, especially on moral or philosophical grounds.

Origin of nonviolent

First recorded in 1915–20; non- + violent
Related formsnon·vi·o·lent·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-violent

non-violent


adj.

also nonviolent, 1896, from non- + violent. From 1920 in reference to "principle or practice of abstaining from violence," in writings of M.K. Gandhi.

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]
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