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1. The belief that disputes between nations can and should be settled peacefully.
a. Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes.
b. Such opposition demonstrated by refusal to participate in military action.

[French pacifisme, from pacifique, pacific; see pacific.]

pac′i·fist n.
pac′i·fis′tic adj.


a variant form of pacifist3
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pacifistic - opposed to war
peaceful, peaceable - not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war; "a peaceful nation"; "peaceful times"; "a far from peaceful Christmas"; "peaceful sleep"


Inclined or disposed to peace; not quarrelsome or unruly:
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