from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Buddhist and Hindu doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence.
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- n. A doctrine of non-violence in Hinduism and Buddhism, concerned with the sacredness of all living things and an effort to avoid causing harm to them.
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- n. a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence
Sanskrit ahiṁsā : a-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + hiṁsā, injury (from hiṁsati, he injures).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit अहिंसा (ahiṃsā). (Wiktionary)