nonviolent

adjective
non·​vi·​o·​lent | \ ˌnän-ˈvī-ə-lənt How to pronounce nonviolent (audio) \

Definition of nonviolent

: abstaining or free from violence

Other Words from nonviolent

nonviolently adverb

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Examples of nonviolent in a Sentence

He argued that nonviolent drug offenders should receive shorter sentences.
Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise, commuting the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders in an effort to address long-standing disparities in criminal penalties. David Nakamura, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Apr. 2022 On Tuesday, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise, commuting the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders in an effort to address long-standing disparities in criminal penalties. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 During his 2020 White House run, Biden vowed to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the U.S. and called for nonviolent drug offenders to be diverted to drug courts and treatment. Aamer Madhani, Chron, 26 Apr. 2022 Biden also commuted the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders. Grayson Quay, The Week, 26 Apr. 2022 Martin was denied parole in May 2021 under California's process for nonviolent offenders to get earlier parole, after a letter was sent from the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. Fox News, 8 Apr. 2022 The Diversion Program, opened in May, is supposed to divert nonviolent offenders with mental health or medical needs from jail to treatment. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 The city’s police department plans to rescind its policy requiring officers to notify crime victims before sending low-level, nonviolent offenders to a county diversion program. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Around the same time, in 2015, Boyer heard that the Obama Administration was starting a clemency initiative aimed primarily at nonviolent offenders who had served at least ten years of their sentences. Rachel Poser, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonviolent

1905, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2022

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“Nonviolent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonviolent. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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