non·​vi·​o·​lence ˌnän-ˈvī-ə-lən(t)s How to pronounce nonviolence (audio)
: abstention from violence as a matter of principle
also : the principle of such abstention
: the quality or state of being nonviolent : avoidance of violence
: nonviolent demonstrations for the purpose of securing political ends

Examples of nonviolence in a Sentence

Demonstration organizers are urging nonviolence.
Recent Examples on the Web If there are new attempts to deploy violence to manipulate election outcomes later this year, those of us who believe in the power of nonviolence, dialogue, and unity in diversity need to be as organized—even more so—than those militias were on Jan. 6, 2021. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 Until every man and woman commits to nonviolence across America no man or woman will be free. Aegis Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 13 June 2024 After all, the Dalai Lama is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the Tibetan nationalist movement is openly committed to nonviolence. Tenzin Dorjee, Foreign Affairs, 28 Nov. 2023 The Well Why a strict sense of justice hinders progress toward a fairer society When justice isn’t tempered by something such as mercy, forgiveness, or nonviolence, efforts to make society more equitable often backfire. Big Think, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for nonviolence 

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonviolence was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Nonviolence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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non·​vi·​o·​lence (ˈ)nän-ˈvī-ə-lən(t)s How to pronounce nonviolence (audio)
: the avoidance of the use of violence as a matter of principle
also : the principle of not using violence to achieve one's goals
: nonviolent demonstrations for the purpose of achieving political goals
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