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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nonviolent - abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence
peaceful, peaceable - not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war; "a peaceful nation"; "peaceful times"; "a far from peaceful Christmas"; "peaceful sleep"
unprovocative, unprovoking - not provocative
violent - acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity; "a violent attack"; "a violent person"; "violent feelings"; "a violent rage"; "felt a violent dislike"
2.nonviolent - achieved without bloodshednonviolent - achieved without bloodshed; "an unbloody transfer of power"
bloodless - free from blood or bloodshed; "bloodless surgery"; "a bloodless coup"


[ˈnɒnˈvaɪələnt] adjnon violento/a
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