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Failure or refusal to cooperate, especially nonviolent civil disobedience against a government or an occupying power.

non′co·op′er·a′tion·ist n.
non′co·op′er·a·tive (-ŏp′ər-ə-tĭv, -ŏp′ə-rā′-) adj.
non′co·op′er·a′tor n.


1. failure or refusal to cooperate
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) refusal to pay taxes, obey government decrees, etc, as a protest
noncooperative adj
ˌnoncoˈoperˌator n


or non•co-op•er•a•tion

(ˌnɒn koʊˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃən)

1. failure or refusal to cooperate.
2. a method of showing opposition to a government by refusing to participate in civic and political life or to obey governmental regulations. Compare civil disobedience, passive resistance.
non`co•op′er•a•tive (-ˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv) adj.
non`co•op′er•a`tor, n.


[ˌnɒnkəʊɒpəˈreɪʃən] nrefus m de coopérer, non-coopération fnon-denominational [ˌnɒndɪnɒmɪˈneɪʃənəl] adjnon confessionnel(le)


[ˈnɒnkəʊˌɒpəˈreɪʃn] nnon cooperazione f, non collaborazione f
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So we've done work on defense based on noncooperation and defiance, what we call civilian-based defense.
The logic that seems to escape Wallis and many who espouse similar views is this: A pledge of no military attack in exchange for cooperation is absolutely worthless unless you are genuinely ready and willing to attack in response to noncooperation.
The Athens News Agency reported at the time that the reason for the noncooperation was that "Stone's vision of the life of Alexander the Great would differ markedly from the historical version.
The Awami League, which suffered a surprise defeat in Bangladesh's parliamentary elections Monday, on Thursday demanded the election results be annulled by Wednesday next week or else it will launch a noncooperation movement.
This latter finding was based on the taxpayers' noncooperation and nonresponsiveness throughout the audit and during the court proceedings, including the discovery process.
Either fists, gulas, armies, bombs and nukes, or the force of justice, the force of shared wealth, the force of organized resistance to Caesar or the Pharaohs, the force of noncooperation with injustice, and the strongest force of all, love.
Other telephone companies, such as MFS and Teleport Communications Group (TCG), have experienced similar delays as a result of Ameritech's noncooperation, and have filed similar complaints with the ICC in the last month.
Hospitals and their medical staffs, finally united after years of self-destructive noncooperation, receive mail requests seeking their bid for next year's care contract.
curt, and apathetic treatment of victims and witnesses caused criminal prosecutions to fail because of "witness noncooperation.
One of the most chilling cases of interservice noncooperation occurred in 1953, when the Air Force virtually abandoned a Marine division at the Chosin Reservoir.
Citing Gandhi as a leader of change, he first describes his life, then principles relating to decisions, motivation, noncooperation, giving everyone a stake in the enterprise, learning and experience, being realistic, rejecting tyranny and taking responsibility, setting an example, using the idea of nonviolence, balancing principles and pragmatism, truth, servant leadership, revaluation, and ethical persuasion.