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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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If the early human being depended on group selection (Hayek 1988; Sober and Wilson 1998; Zywicki 2000; Field 2004), one who cooperated with those who were socially near would tend to prosper, particularly if expulsion, stoning, withholding of food, and other forms of punishment were visited on the noncooperator.
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