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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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He developed a strategy of non-violent direct action whose goal was precisely to reveal the "tensions" within American society that the oppression of blacks produced, and in so doing to create "such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue".
Using interviews, still photographs, archival footage, and dramatic reenactments, this documentary film illustrates the power of friendship and non-violent direct action, and demonstrates the impact of the media in changing public accommodation customs and laws in the South.
Equally important is the author's review of strategies and tactics for winning campaigns--developing goals, organising groups, forming coalitions using the media, taking non-violent direct action, and so on.
AaRecognising it was more dangerous to try and get up, I immediately curled up into a ball to protect myself, as I had been taught in non-violent direct action training.
Through its strategy of building a mass movement engaged in non-violent direct action, WOZA is charting a new course for the democratic transformation of Zimbabwe.
A spokeswoman for green group PlaneSpeaking said: "We are training local groups in non-violent direct action.
This mission is a reminder of not only the efficacy of non-violent direct action, but also of the deafening silence of the international community," she said.
The Free Gaza Movement has succeeded in breaking the siege of Gaza by non-violent direct action.
The trainees learned about non-violent direct action techniques such as setting up blockades and hanging banners.
With a page per day, the book lists hundreds of suggestions for small, easy ways to make the earth a better place - from reconnecting with old friends, learning about non-violent direct action to harvesting seeds for farmers in the developing world.
By the power and guidance of your Holy Spirit, 0 God, may our prayers never be empty words but an urgent response to your living Word--in non-violent direct action for positive change, in bold, clear, specific acts of solidarity, liberation, healing and compassion, readily sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
I am proud young Welsh people are continuing the tradition of non-violent direct action,' she said