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nonviolent

[non-vahy-uh-luh nt] /nɒnˈvaɪ ə lənt/
adjective
1.
not violent; free of violence.
2.
peacefully resistant, as in response to or protest against injustice, especially on moral or philosophical grounds.
Origin of nonviolent
1915-1920
1915-20; non- + violent
Related forms
nonviolently, adverb
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  • Many pacifists are also willing to accept coercion, provided it be non-violent.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • It will be destroyed if it is not kept by non-violent method.

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • In the international field, we also have examples of the use of non-violent coercion.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • She didn't fit into the bland, non-violent world of Malcomb and Hoppy.

    Star Performer Robert J. Shea
  • I am to plead for the acceptance by the country of the programme of non-violent, progressive non-co-operation.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
Word Origin and History for non-violent
adj.

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
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