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

Examples of nonresistance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based in Berlin, Ohio, CAM is supported and staffed by conservative Anabaptists, a range of Mennonite, Amish and related groups whose hallmarks include nonresistance to evil, plain dress and separation from mainstream society. Peter Smith, ajc, 20 Dec. 2021 Garrison was convinced that only apolitical nonresistance could end slavery. Lydia Moland,, 3 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonresistance was in 1643

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“Nonresistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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non·​re·​sis·​tance ˌnän-ri-ˈzis-tən(t)s How to pronounce nonresistance (audio)
: the policy or practice of yielding to authority even when unjust or cruel

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