nonviolent resistance

Refusal to obey a law considered unjust; civil disobedience.

Nearby words

  1. nonverbal communication,
  2. nonviable,
  3. nonvintage,
  4. nonviolence,
  5. nonviolent,
  6. nonviscous,
  7. nonvital pulp,
  8. nonvolatile,
  9. nonvoter,
  10. nonvoting


Mahatma Gandhi urged and practiced nonviolent resistance during the efforts to win independence for India from Britain in the early twentieth century.


African-Americans in the civil rights movement often practiced nonviolent resistance in the South in the 1960s — for example, by sitting-in at segregated lunch counters to provoke arrest and draw attention to their cause. (See segregation and sit-ins.)

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