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An absence or active rejection of violence in one's words, thoughts, and/or deeds. Often based on personal ethics or religious or spiritual convictions. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day[?], Cesar Chavez and Mohandas K. Gandhi are often cited as great theorists of nonviolence and leaders of nonviolent social movements.

See pacifism, Civil disobedience, Civil and social disobedience, and satyagraha.

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