Wu-wei Definition

wo͝o wā
noun
A Taoist principle of action in accordance with the true nature of people, objects, and systems, rather than striving for dominance and control.
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Origin of Wu-wei

  • Mandarin wúwéi Mandarin not to have, there is no (thing) (from Middle Chinese ʋjyə̆, ʋuə̆) Mandarin wéi to do, make, become, be (from Middle Chinese yj)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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