The definition of ahimsa is a religious philosophy that all life, including animals, is sacred.
An example of ahimsa is being a vegetarian because of the importance of animals' lives.
the doctrine that all life is one and sacred, resulting in the principle of nonviolence toward all living creatures
Origin of ahimsaSanskrit ahims?, non-injury ; from a-, not + hims?, injury ; from Indo-European an unverified form ?heis-, to wound ; from base an unverified form ?hei-, to hurl, projectile from source goad
A Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence.
Origin of ahimsaSanskrit ahi&mdot;s&amacron; : a-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + hi&mdot;s&amacron;, injury (from hi&mdot;sati, he injures).
From Sanskrit अहिंसा (ahiṃsā).