The belief that any violence, including war, is unjustifiable under any circumstances, and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means.
- The logic of this argument is that the only policy compatible with neutrality is absolute pacifism.
- As a result, postwar peace movements have abandoned pacifism as a central aspect of their beliefs.
- Suddenly it is not so clear where one draws the line between courage and recklessness, persistence and fatalism, pacifism and passivity, war and revenge.
Early 20th century: from French pacifisme, from pacifier 'pacify'.
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