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

Examples of nonresistance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This included false claims that King was a communist interested in government overthrow, violence and anarchy who cloaked himself in a veneer or Christianity and passive nonresistance. NBC News, "Civil rights leaders rebuke Zuckerberg's free speech address," 18 Oct. 2019 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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First Known Use of nonresistance

1643, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonresistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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