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See also: non-killing
nonkilling (not comparable)
- Not engaging in killing.
1976, Kenneth Evan Moyer, The psychobiology of aggression, page 146:
- Hunger does not normally induce frog killing in a nonkilling laboratory rat. However, if that rat has had the experience of watching a rat kill frogs, ....
2001, Jeff Evans, Undoing time: American prisoners in their own words, page 149:
- I'm a nonkilling accomplice in a felony murder — a robbery-murder. ... It's a defense to felony murder, for nonkilling accomplices
2007, 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Charter for a World Without Violence:
- (...) we encourage scientific research (...) to aid us in the transition to nonviolent, and nonkilling societies
- A precept or worldview that affirms the possibility of a society where killing is absent.
1896, Swami Vivekananda, Oxford English Dictionary:
- yama, n.2: Yoga Philos. ii. 17 Râja Yoga is divided into eight steps. The first is Yama—non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-receiving of any gifts.
1944, Louise Saxe Eby, The quest for moral law, page 46:
- One element which is valid without reference to this Indian triad of premises is the emphasis upon ahimsa, nonkilling and noninjury of any living creature
1963, Howard Thurman, Disciplines of the Spirit, page 103:
- Nonviolence and nonkilling mean, therefore, essentially the same
1999, Suwanna Satha-Anand, “Looking to Buddhism to Turn Back Prostitution in Thailand”, in Joanne R. Bauer, Daniel A. Bell, editors, The East Asian challenge for human rights, page 194:
- In the latter's opinion, the first precept of nonkilling is but another expression of the right to life.
2002, John F. Kavanaugh, Who count as persons?, page 123:
- The principle of nonkilling is not a recommendation of passivity
2004, Norman Fischer, Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up, page 155:
- Speaking about this precept of nonkilling, he told us about all the killing that he had done that very day as he drove his mower through a thick field of
2008, Mairead Maguire, Global Nonkilling Leadership First Forum Proceedings, page 61:
- A world of love, compassion, forgiveness and nonkilling
- Lack of killing; permitting to live.
1994, Grolier Incorporated, Academic American encyclopedia, page 165:
- Buddhist belief inculcates nonkilling of sentient life […]
2002, Glenn D. Paige, Nonkilling Global Political Science, page 1:
- […] but nonkilling of humans is a minimum characteristic
- (countable) An action or occurrence other than a direct killing (but possibly having a similar effect).
1991, Kent Greenawalt, Religious Convictions and Political Choice, page 105:
- ... then its death is a moral wrong even if the result of "nonkillings" will be a marked decrease in the population of that part of the animal kingdom.
1994, Ray Jackendoff, Patterns in the mind: language and human nature, page 200:
- But actions in the world don't come neatly dividing into killings and nonkillings: the gray area of the concept shades smoothly
2008, Heinz Duthel, Guilty as Charged! A Case for the International Criminal Court, page 20:
- This also includes nonkillings that in the end eliminate the group, such as preventing births or forcibly transferring children out of the group
A precept or worldview
- "Nonkilling: A New Paradigm" International Encyclopedia of Peace. Oxford University Press, New York (2009)
- "Nonkilling Political Science" Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, 2nd Edition. Elsevier, San Diego (2008)
- "Nonkilling Global Society" Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). EOLSS Publishers, Oxford (2004)
- Glenn D. Paige, Nonkilling Global Political Science, 1st ed. (2002); 3rd ed. (2009)