Definitions

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  • adj. Not violent; without violence; following a philosophy of nonviolence; the opposite of violent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. peacefully resistant in response to injustice; not using violence; -- used of protests and demonstrations. Opposite of violent.
  • adj. achieved without bloodshed. Contrasted with bloody.

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

  • adj. abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence
  • adj. achieved without bloodshed

Etymologies

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non- +‎ violent

Examples

  • They reject the term nonviolent for the recent demonstrations because the marches usually include stone-throwing and attempts to damage the separation barrier.

    NYT > Global Home

  • In a telephone interview with The New York Times she made it clear that now she was free she intended to lead what she called a nonviolent revolution, rather than an incremental evolution.

    Jamyang Norbu: Seeking the Power of the Powerless

  • The bus riders refused to show their documentation and, according to their spokeswoman, engaged in what they call nonviolent resistance.

    CNN Transcript Sep 26, 2003

  • In King's vision of the campaign, thousands of Americans who had been abandoned by the economy would create a tent city on the National Mall, demand action from Congress, and engage in nonviolent civil disobedience until their voices were heard.

    Mike Green: Innovation Crisis in Black America Pt. 4: 20th vs 21st century ideology

  • Many of us routinely participate in nonviolent resistance and support those for whom this is their only mode of opposition.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • A final sign of the strategic planning and strength of the movement is its ability to maintain "nonviolent discipline."

    Cynthia Boaz: Burma's Revolution: Goodbye, Generals (with Shaazka Beyerle)

  • In the Birmingham campaign, King and fellow protestors addressed laws they considered unfair by breaking them in nonviolent ways—what was called nonviolent direct action—causing the Birmingham Police Department to fill the jail with protestors to the point of overflow.

    Awakening Kindness

  • Politics is sometimes defined as nonviolent, civilized warfare.

    Who I'm for and why!

  • The laws of at least fifteen states now require life sentences for certain nonviolent marijuana offenses.

    More Reefer Madness

  • Because violence can only breed more violence and suffering, our struggle must remain nonviolent and free of hatred.

    The 14th Dalai Lama - Acceptance Speech

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