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Pronunciation: non'ma-lef'i-sens

Definition: The ethical principle of doing no harm, based on the Hippocratic maxim, primum non nocere, first do no harm.

[non- + L. maleficencia, evildoing, fr. male, badly, wrongly, + facio, to do, act]

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