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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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A statement shared with the ECHO promised a day of "community building and nonviolent direct action", which will include music and "family-friendly activities".
The event will spread across the city centre on Monday, with 'nonviolent direct action protests' set to be held in a variety of places.
* Thousands of new Rebels trained in nonviolent direct action to participate in both the Boomtown and the real world Rebellions
At a meeting to oppose the plans, west Dunbartonshire councillor Jim Bollan said: "When the establishment don't listen to you, you are allowed to get involved in nonviolent direct action to state your case.
"On June 18, we plan to carry out nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow Authorities close the airport for the day, to create a "pause" in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, such as flying, upon the natural world," a spokesman for the group said.
How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning
China's first large-scale, nonviolent direct action was the March Fourth movement in 1919.
Although these individuals hailed from disparate theological backgrounds, Raboteau argues that they were united by a shared religious commitment to social justice, defined by moral solidarity with the socially marginalized and faith in the redemptive power of nonviolent direct action. For readers who are unfamiliar with the history of the mid-century religious left, this book offers a readable and illustrative introduction to the field, told through the lives of some of its most influential participants.
That defense would have allowed me to argue that I broke the law in response to an emergency, in this case, climate change, and to present expert witnesses to testify to the gravity of the climate crisis, as well as evidence of the efficacy of nonviolent direct action in addressing precisely this kind of socio-political problem.
Today, the protesters were celebrating the death anniversary of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, that was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition in the Gaza Strip in 2003.
Key events at US nuclear weapons complex sites include: * Y-12 -- pastoral letter, remembrance, rally and nonviolent direct action, peace fast and lanterns.
Nonviolent direct action seeks 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.