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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
1915-1920
1915-20; non- + violent
Related forms
nonviolently, adverb
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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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