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Old 11-26-2003, 09:57 AM   #11
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Definition under the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

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Main Entry: pac·i·fism

Pronunciation: 'pa-s&-"fi-z&m

Function: noun

Etymology: French pacifisme, from pacifique pacific

Date: 1902

1 : opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes; specifically : refusal to bear arms on moral or religious grounds

2 : an attitude or policy of nonresistance

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I would say under definition #1, aikido does not qualify as "pacifistic."

Under definition #2, I think it actually might qualify.

My own opinion is that aikido does not fall under the category of pacifism. I think it would be hard to label it with a one word description, other than calling it budo. I'm just not able to think of any comparable English word for it. Just my two cents.

Robert Cronin
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