Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “non-violence”

non-violence

noun [U] uk   /ˌnɒnˈvaɪə.ləns/ us    /ˌnɑːn-/
a situation in which someone avoids fighting or using physical force, especially when trying to make political change: The Dalai Lama has always counselled non-violence.Activism and pressure groupsPeace
non-violent
adjective uk   /ˌnɒnˈvaɪə.lənt/ us    /ˌnɑːn-/
Gandhi was an exponent of non-violent protest.Activism and pressure groupsPeace
(Definition of non-violence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of non-violence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

hoppy

like hops (= dried fruit used to make beer)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More