Definition of nonviolence
1 : abstention from violence as a matter of principle; also : the principle of such abstention
2a : the quality or state of being nonviolent : avoidance of violenceb : nonviolent demonstrations for the purpose of securing political ends
Examples of nonviolence in a Sentence
Demonstration organizers are urging nonviolence.
Recent Examples of nonviolence from the Web
Many in the student movement profess nonviolence, but Ortega sees it differently.
Linked closely with privilege, nonviolence is a luxury not bestowed on protestors in the Black Lives Matter movement or at Standing Rock.
Lee, who for years has lectured and mentored inmates to ease their transition back to society, was hired by the institute to take King's nonviolence message to the young men locked up in the jail.
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First Known Use of nonviolence
NONVIOLENCE Defined for English Language Learners
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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