Definition of nonviolent
: abstaining or free from violence
Examples of nonviolent in a Sentence
He argued that nonviolent drug offenders should receive shorter sentences.
Recent Examples of nonviolent from the Web
As part of their efforts, Milwaukee prosecutors are looking for alternatives to prison for nonviolent offenders.
Sheriff Moats is recommending that the six inmates, who are all nonviolent offenders, receive reduced sentences for their good deed.
Last month, his office issued a directive that federal prosecutors should pursue the toughest possible charges and sentences for even nonviolent drug offenders (a reversal of Obama-era policy).
That allowed for Ladd's release as nonviolent offenders are only required to serve 40 percent of their sentence.
His Justice Department is cracking down on nonviolent drug offenders and amping up prosecutions against non-criminal undocumented immigrants.
The legislation directs the department to only remove children from their homes over allegations of violence or abuse, not for reasons like a parent having a low-income or being charged with a nonviolent misdemeanor.
Ahead of peak tourism season, Maine’s Republican governor is pursuing an unconventional strategy to help ease the state’s labor shortage: releasing nonviolent offenders from prison early to get them back to work.
Some of the anticipated savings come from releasing early nonviolent offenders who are currently in prison.
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NONVIOLENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nonviolent for English Language Learners
: not using or involving violence
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