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nonviolence

[non-vahy-uh-luh ns] /nɒnˈvaɪ ə ləns/
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.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; non- + violence
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British Dictionary definitions for non-violence

nonviolence

/nɒnˈvaɪələns/
noun
1.
abstention from the use of physical force to achieve goals
Derived Forms
nonviolent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for non-violence
n.

also nonviolence, 1831, from non- + violence. Gandhi used it from 1920.

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