civil disobedience


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civil disobedience

n.
Refusal to obey a law as a result of moral objections, especially through passive resistance.

civil disobedience

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a refusal to obey laws, pay taxes, etc: a nonviolent means of protesting or of attempting to achieve political goals

civ′il disobe′dience


n.
the refusal to obey certain governmental laws or demands in order to influence legislation or policy, characterized by nonviolent methods as nonpayment of taxes and boycotting.

civil disobedience


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A policy of non-violent non-cooperation initially propagated in India by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920 as a means to independence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.civil disobedience - a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination)civil disobedience - a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination); "Thoreau wrote a famous essay justifying civil disobedience"
direct action - a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
sit-in - a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats and refuse to move
protest march - occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license
Translations
عِصْيان مَدَني
občanská neposlušnost
borgerlig ulydighed
polgári engedetlenség
občianska neposlušnosť
toplu direnme

civil disobedience

nresistenza passiva

civil

(ˈsivl) adjective
1. polite, courteous.
2. of the state or community. civil rights.
3. ordinary; not military or religious. civil life.
4. concerned with law cases which are not criminal.
civilian (siˈviljən) noun
a person who has a civil job, not in the armed forces.
civility (siˈviləti) noun
politeness. Treat strangers with civility.
ˈcivilly adverb
politely.
ˌcivil deˈfence noun
(American civil defense) the organization responsible for protection of civilians from enemy bombing etc and for rescue operations after such attacks.
ˌcivil disoˈbedience noun
a refusal by a large number of people to pay taxes or obey certain laws in a nonviolent way in order to protest against the government, its policies etc.
civil engineerengineercivil liberties/rights
the rights of a citizen according to the law of the country.
civil servant
a member of the civil service.
civil service
the organization which runs the administration of a state.
civil war
(a) war between citizens of the same state. the American Civil War.
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But with the membership expected to vote in favour of civil disobedience it now appears that the consensus within the group has broken down and there is a move to raise the profile of the organisation.
The modern fathers of civil disobedience as a method of political expression and change are, of course, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Sellers sees a fine line that activists must now walk when engaging in civil disobedience.
The path from Civil Disobedience doesn't have to lead to Reagan.
These two members of KPK assembly had supported the unconstitutional announcement made by PTI chairman Imran Khan during the ongoing dharna in Islamabad on launching civil disobedience movement.
Replying to question, Spokesman of FBR said that civil disobedience call by Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf has negatively affected the foreign investment and economic situation of the country.
Third, and most important, for the largest Christian church to counsel civil disobedience in the face of same-sex marriage suggests that the road ahead is likely to be rocky indeed.
They believed in continuing the civil disobedience they had begun.
Three Dominican nuns were arrested for an act of civil disobedience at a missile silo near Greeley, Colo.
reason: Some of them would argue that they're active in the form of civil disobedience.
FIRST Minister Rhodri Morgan yesterday condemned the "threat" made by a leading language campaigner about turning to civil disobedience.
Simon Brooks yesterday refused to give more details on exactly what form of civil disobedience is envisaged by Cymuned - only to say it will be discussed at its first annual general meeting at Harlech next Saturday.

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