Definition of nonviolent in English:

nonviolent

Syllabification: non·vi·o·lent
Pronunciation: /ˌnänˈvīələnt
 
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adjective

  • 1(Especially of political action or resistance) characterized by nonviolence.
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    • We call them to nonviolent resistance, rejecting actions that violate moral law.
    • We must be prepared to continue to provide lawful, nonviolent, civil resistance in this nation.
    • In short, Butler organized a campaign of nonviolent resistance among suspected prostitutes.
  • 1.1(Especially of a person) not using violence.
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    • They offer some practical proposals, most importantly, separating violent from nonviolent offenders.
    • Well, I think that this distinction between violent and nonviolent offenders is a little bit false in that respect.
    • It's clear that time served in such conditions regularly creates violent criminals from nonviolent ones.

Derivatives

nonviolently

adverb
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  • Those taking to the streets will understand what they are doing there and will respond nonviolently to police provocation.
  • Likewise, the command to resist nonviolently is terribly concrete.
  • There have been numerous instances of people courageously and nonviolently refusing cooperation with injustice.

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