nonresistance

noun
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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nonresistance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nonresistance

1643, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nonresistance

Time Traveler for nonresistance

Time Traveler

The first known use of nonresistance was in 1643

See more words from the same year

Statistics for nonresistance

Cite this Entry

“Nonresistance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonresistance. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on nonresistance

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with nonresistance

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about nonresistance

Comments on nonresistance

What made you want to look up nonresistance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!