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1. Lack of violence.
2. The doctrine, policy, or practice of rejecting violence in favor of peaceful tactics as a means of gaining political objectives.

non·vi′o·lent adj.
non·vi′o·lent·ly adv.


abstention from the use of physical force to achieve goals
nonˈviolent adj
nonˈviolently adv


(nɒnˈvaɪ ə ləns)

1. absence or lack of violence.
2. the policy or practice of refraining from the use of violence, as in protesting oppressive authority.
non•vi′o•lent, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonviolence - peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperatenonviolence - peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
direct action - a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
hunger strike - a voluntary fast undertaken as a means of protest
Satyagraha - the form of nonviolent resistance initiated in India by Mahatma Gandhi in order to oppose British rule and to hasten political reforms
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