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Pacifist Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pacifist adj : opposed to war [syn: pacifist(a), pacifistic, dovish] n : someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes [syn: pacificist, disarmer]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Pacifist'

Pacifism is the opposition to war or violence.

Pacifism covers a spectrum of views, including the belief that international disputes can and should be peacefully resolved, calls for the abolition of the institutions of the military and war, opposition to any organization of society through governmental force (anarchist or libertarian pacifism), rejection of the use of physical violence to obtain political, economic or social goals, the obliteration of force except in cases where it is absolutely necessary to advance the cause of peace, and opposition to violence under any circumstance, even defence of self and others.

Pacifism may be based on moral principles (a deontological view) or pragmatism (a consequentialist view). Principled pacifism holds that at some point along the spectrum from war to interpersonal physical violence, such violence becomes morally wrong. Pragmatic pacifism holds that the costs of war and inter-personal violence are so substantial that better ways of resolving disputes must be found. Pacifists in general reject theories of Just War.

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'Pacifist' in famous quotation sentence

* The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout. - Alice Walker

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Pacifist Sample Sentences in News

  • Is a less pacifist-Japan on collision with China?
    Japan's historic departure from a pacifist constitution has irked China. While that doesn't mean Asia's two biggest economies are on a collision course, relations are unlikely to improve soon either, analysts say. Read more on this news related to 'Pacifist'
  • What a less pacifist Japan means
    Japan's departure from a pacifist constitution does not put it on a collision course with China, but relations between the two are unlikely to improve soon either, analysts say. Read more on this news related to 'Pacifist'
  • Pacifist no more? Experts discuss Japan's military
    TOKYO (AP) — In one of modern Japan's biggest changes to security policy, its government decided this week to reinterpret Article 9 of its constitution to allow greater use of military force to defend other countries. The move sparked street protests amid fears it marks a reversal of Japan's post-World War II pacifist principles. Read more on this news related to 'Pacifist'

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