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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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Examples from the web for nonviolence
  • 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.
  • nonviolence seeks friendship and understanding with the opponent.
  • These messages of deterrence and support are reinforced by a clear message of nonviolence from the community.
British Dictionary definitions for nonviolence


abstention from the use of physical force to achieve goals
Derived Forms
nonviolent, adjective
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