wu wei

noun
\ ˈwüˈwā\

Definition of wu wei

: the practice advocated by Taoism of letting one's action follow the simple and spontaneous course of nature (as by keeping to a minimum governmental organization and regulation) rather than interfering with the harmonious working of universal law by imposing arbitrary and artificial forms : doing or making nothing except in conformity to the Tao

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History and Etymology for wu wei

Chinese (Pekingese) wu2 wei2, literally, not to act

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