opposition to war or violence of any kind.
refusal to engage in military activity because of one's principles or beliefs.
the principle or policy that all differences among nations should be adjusted without recourse to war.
Also, pacificism [puh-sif-uh-siz-uhm] .

1905–10; < pacifisme. See pacific, -ism

antipacifism, noun
propacifism, noun Unabridged
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pacifism (ˈpæsɪˌfɪzəm)
1.  the belief that violence of any kind is unjustifiable and that one should not participate in war
2.  the belief that international disputes can be settled by arbitration rather than war

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Word Origin & History

1902, from Fr. pacifisme, from pacifique (see pacific).
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pacifism definition

The view that war is morally unacceptable and never justified (see conscientious objector). The term is sometimes applied to the belief that international disputes should be settled peacefully.

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Example sentences
Their pacifism and refusal to serve in war shows a moral fiber that embraces peace.
But my brief flirtation with pacifism was not to last.
Hedges, however, argues not for pacifism but for realism.
He maintained his pacifism and resistance to capital punishment anywhere in the world.
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