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
Several National Review contributors have called for criminal-justice reform, with a particular focus on unduly harsh sentences for nonviolent offenders and the nightmare of civil-asset forfeiture without due process.
He was overcome by the audio aspect of the exhibit, which helps guests experience the brutal harassment endured during the nonviolent protests that Lewis often led.
The book argues strongly against the notion that our vast and indefensible prison-industrial complex was deliberately created by an explicitly racist war on drugs that swept up nonviolent drug offenders, primarily black, from the 1980s on.
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.
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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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