Origin: Fr pacifisme: see pacific & -ism
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- The belief that disputes between nations should and can be settled peacefully.
- a. Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes.b. Such opposition demonstrated by refusal to participate in military action.
Origin: French pacifisme, from pacifique, pacific; see Pacific .
- pacˈi·fist noun
- pacˌi·fisˈtic adjective
- pacˌi·fisˈti·cal·ly adverb
pacifism - Cultural Definition
The view that war is morally unacceptable and never justified (see conscientious objector). The term is sometimes applied to the belief that international disputes should be settled peacefully.