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[non-vahy-uh-luh ns] /nɒnˈvaɪ ə ləns/
absence or lack of violence; state or condition of avoiding violence.
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 of nonviolence
1915-20; non- + violence Unabridged
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  • But much of the present pacifist argument in favor of non-violence is based rather upon its expediency.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • But I do admit that they do not believe in my doctrine of non-violence to the full extent.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • It must be acknowledged that the elimination of war was the direct result of non-violence practiced on a general scale.

    The Skull Philip K. Dick
  • With me non-violence is part of my religion, a matter of creed.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • Doubt has, however, been expressed in some quarters about the soundness of the principle of non-violence.

    Freedom Through Disobedience C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • It would probably be better to call it "non-violence by necessity."

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
British Dictionary definitions for non-violence


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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