nonviolence

noun non·vi·o·lence \ ˌnän-ˈvī-ə-lən(t)s \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of nonviolence

1 : abstention from violence as a matter of principle; also : the principle of such abstention
2 a : the quality or state of being nonviolent : avoidance of violence
b : nonviolent demonstrations for the purpose of securing political ends

Examples of nonviolence in a Sentence

  1. Demonstration organizers are urging nonviolence.

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First Known Use of nonviolence

1831

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NONVIOLENCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nonviolence for English Language Learners

  • : the practice of refusing to respond to anything (such as unfair or violent acts by a government) with violence



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