- The definition of ahimsa is a religious philosophy that all life, including animals, is sacred.
An example of ahimsa is being a vegetarian because of the importance of animals' lives.
ahimsa definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Sanskrit ahimsā, non-injury ; from a-, not plush himsā, injury ; from Indo-European an unverified form ĝheis-, to wound ; from base an unverified form ĝhei-, to hurl, projectile from source goad
ahimsa definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Sanskrit ahiṁsā : a-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + hiṁsā, injury (from hiṁsati, he injures).