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nonviolence Syllabification: non·vi·o·lence
Pronunciation: /nänˈvīələns/

Definition of nonviolence in English:


The use of peaceful means, not force, to bring about political or social change.
Example sentences
  • Yet this was a just war, where the principle of non-violence did not for once apply.
  • His participation in conferences is to spread the message of peace and non-violence.
  • Pope John Paul will be remembered for his resolve to promote love, peace and non-violence.

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