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1. The practice or principle of complete obedience to authority even if unjust or arbitrary.
2. The practice or principle of refusing to resort to force even in defense against violence.
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Noun1.nonresistance - group refusal to resort to violence even in defense against violence
group action - action taken by a group of people
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"Without being a fatalist to the point of nonresistance," said he, "I have always found that the highest wisdom lies in an acquiescence with the actual." He spoke slowly, and there was a vibration of feeling in his sonorous voice.
Such objections were in conjunction with a four-year amendment to the Labour Relations Act in the 1970s that permitted exemption from union membership on the basis of individual religious beliefs surrounding nonviolence and nonresistance. Thiessen's research again demonstrates a mixed response to labour issues among Mennonites.
The author shows how Garrison's doctrine of nonresistance to the racist laws was the ultimate form of resistance.
To find consent in the victim's nonresistance is therefore outrageous.
In the nonresistance group, HBV DNA burden (to obtain the Lg value) and HBeAg-positive rate were lower than in the resistance group, and the differences were statistically significant (t=2.015, P=0.044; [X.sup.2]=16.2, P=0.000, respectively).
upheld the denomination's official position on nonresistance by serving in Civilian Public Service.
Nowhere was the anabaptist belief in political nonresistance more exemplified than in the famed seventeenth century martyrology, Martyrs Mirror, which was compiled by Mennonite minister Thieleman van Braght.
Mohandas Gandhi chose the path of peace and nonresistance rather than violence and war.
argues that "the intersections of evangelicalism and race, not peace and nonresistance" form the major axis of Mennonite identity formation from the mid-20th century on (12).
During the last few years of his life, at the zenith of his popularity and influence, Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoi rethought the activist strands of his interpretation of Christianity, specifically the practical function of his cornerstone moral-theological concept of nonresistance to evil.
His full-throated rejection of Bloomsbury pacifism was complete when he wrote in an essay that "Nonresistance to war means non-resistance to fascism and a resignation to the disappearance of most, if not all, that we value" (249).
"In reality it is not, so every militia and every weapon outside the legitimacy of the state is [being kept] under the pretext of resistance or nonresistance, so how can we ask the Army to suppress that violation?" he asked.