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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lack of violence.
  • n. The doctrine, policy, or practice of rejecting violence in favor of peaceful tactics as a means of gaining political objectives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A philosophy that rejects the use of violence, and instead seeks to bring about change through peaceful responses even to violent acts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The theory, doctrine, or practice of peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate

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