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From Sanskrit अहिंसा (ahiṃsā).

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ahimsa (uncountable)

  1. (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism) A doctrine of non-violence, concerned with the sacredness of all living things and an effort to avoid causing harm to them. [from 19th c.]
    • 2006, Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation, Atlantic Books 2007, p. 79:
      Already, at this very early date, the ritualists were moving towards the ideal of ahimsa ("harmlessness") that would become the indispensable virtue of the Indian Axial Age.
    • 2016, Sunil Khilnani, Incarnations, Penguin 2017, p. 9:
      This, in essence, is the Jain doctrine of ahimsa – a direct inversion of Vedic beliefs about the sustaining powers of animal sacrifice.

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ahimsa m or f (in variation) (uncountable)

  1. ahimsa (doctrine of non-violence in Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism)