[non-vahy-uh-luh nt]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-violent

Contemporary Examples of non-violent

Historical Examples of non-violent

  • In the international field, we also have examples of the use of non-violent coercion.

  • Or they might attempt to coerce their opponents, either by violent or non-violent means.

  • This is true whether the group desires to use violent or non-violent methods.

  • Non-violent implies voluntary submission to the penalty for non-co-operation with evil.

    Freedom's Battle

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • She didn't fit into the bland, non-violent world of Malcomb and Hoppy.

    Star Performer

    Robert J. Shea

Word Origin and History for non-violent

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper