opposition to the use of force under any circumstances; specif., refusal for reasons of conscience to participate in war or any military action
Origin of pacifismFrench pacifisme: see pacific and -ism
- The belief that disputes between nations can and should 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 of pacifismFrench pacifisme from pacifique pacific ; see pacific .