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nonviolence

[non-vahy-uh-luh ns]
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noun
  1. absence or lack of violence; state or condition of avoiding violence.
  2. 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 1915–20; non- + violence
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Related Words

pacificationpacifismpassivenesspassivity

Examples from the Web for nonviolence

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Historical Examples

  • Nonviolence is the natural outgrowth of the law of forgiveness and love.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • He believed in nonviolence and the sanctity of life—until the first test, when he had killed without hesitation.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • Nonviolence is essential to these people—they have vitality without needing destruction.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • It takes a fairly strenuous course of training to attain a mental state of nonviolence.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • Every problem would lend itself to solution if we determined to make the law of truth and nonviolence the law of life.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda


British Dictionary definitions for nonviolence

nonviolence

noun
  1. abstention from the use of physical force to achieve goals
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Derived Formsnonviolent, adjective
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