Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Pacifist'
adj : opposed to war [syn: pacifist(a), pacifistic, dovish]
n : someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
[syn: pacificist, disarmer]
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.[See more about Pacifist at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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