non·​re·​sis·​tance | \ ˌnän-ri-ˈzi-stən(t)s How to pronounce nonresistance (audio) \

Definition of nonresistance

: the principles or practice of passive submission to constituted authority even when unjust or oppressive also : the principle or practice of not resisting violence by force

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Some splits were over matters of religion, and some over Garrison’s peculiar perfectionist ethos and notions of nonresistance. Ira Berlin, New York Times, "THE SLAVE’S CAUSE," 26 Feb. 2016

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1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonresistance was in 1643

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