non-violent

nonviolent

[non-vahy-uh-luhnt]
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:
1915–20; non- + violent

nonviolently, adverb
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non-violent
1920, in ref. to "principle or practice of abstaining from violence," first in writings of M.K. Gandhi, from non- + violent (see violence).
"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]
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