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.

1915–20; non- + violence Unabridged
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nonviolence (nɒnˈvaɪələns)
abstention from the use of physical force to achieve goals

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Example sentences
Nonviolence could only work, he said, if the regime was reluctant to use
  violence against his own people.
That's why anyone who uses it can sow the seeds of nonviolence.
If the other side answers nonviolence with nonviolence, great.
Finally, popular resistance is not quite the same as nonviolence, though there
  is considerable overlap.
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