One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The practice or principle of not resisting authority, even when it is unjustly exercised.
compliance, submissiveness, yielding, malleability, acquiescence, tractability, tractableness, manageability, unassertiveness, passivity, obedience, biddability, dutifulness, duteousness, docility, meekness, tameness, patience, resignation, humility, self-effacement, deference, subservience, servility, subjection, self-abasement, obsequiousness, obeisanceView synonyms
- ‘It reached its height in 1710 when the Whigs impeached the Tory divine, Dr Sacheverell, for preaching the old doctrine of non-resistance.’
- ‘Reagan signaled that the period of non-resistance was over, and this gave us hope.’
- ‘He was the first to publish articles exposing the atrocities committed and he deprecated the policy of non-resistance.’
- ‘She points out that the Mennonite doctrine of non-resistance affected women very differently than men.’
- ‘The trouble is that those who urged non-resistance to fascism then were, by and large, those who urged that we leave fascism in place more recently.’
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