direct action


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direct action

n.
The use of immediately effective acts, such as strikes, demonstrations, or sabotage, to achieve a political or social end.

direct action

n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) action such as strikes or civil disobedience, employed by organized labour or other groups to obtain demands from an employer, government, etc

direct′ ac′tion


n.
any action seeking an immediate result, esp. an action against an established authority, as a boycott.
[1835–45]

direct action

Short-duration strikes and other small-scale offensive actions conducted as a special operation in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive environments and which employ specialized military capabilities to seize, destroy, capture, exploit, recover, or damage designated targets. Direct action differs from conventional offensive actions in the level of physical and political risk, operational techniques, and the degree of discriminate and precise use of force to achieve specific objectives. Also called DA. See also special operations; special operations forces.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.direct action - a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
protest, dissent, objection - the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
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"
job action - a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands
nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, passive resistance - peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
recusancy - refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
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To judge how much, in the case of any variation, we should attribute to the direct action of heat, moisture, light, food, &c.
Nevertheless, as our varieties certainly do occasionally revert in some of their characters to ancestral forms, it seems to me not improbable, that if we could succeed in naturalising, or were to cultivate, during many generations, the several races, for instance, of the cabbage, in very poor soil (in which case, however, some effect would have to be attributed to the direct action of the poor soil), that they would to a large extent, or even wholly, revert to the wild aboriginal stock.
It's to show me," he thought, "what would happen to ME--" and a deathly sense of the superiority of implication and analogy over direct action, and of silence over rash words, closed in on him like the doors of the family vault.
Direct Action members were united by a desire to draw attention to the environmental impact of hydroelectric development, and they strongly opposed Canada's involvement in the arms race.
That defense would have allowed me to argue that I broke the law in response to an emergency, in this case, climate change, and to present expert witnesses to testify to the gravity of the climate crisis, as well as evidence of the efficacy of nonviolent direct action in addressing precisely this kind of socio-political problem.
The editors examine: the motives informing Indigenous militancy, the evolving state strategies of response, the representation of events in the media, and the ultimate efficacy of direct action as an Indigenous political strategy.
We won't hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against Daesh, or conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,' Carter said.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the government was willing to listen to all parties and make changes, if necessary, to pass the Direct Action Plan.
Announcing the period of direct action to put pressure on the government to act Mr Farrar said: "We will begin the first stage of a campaign of direct actions on the first of February, which will lead to a protest at the Urdd Eisteddfod in May.
We built a committee of community members who believe in direct action as a primary tactic.
Where are the government s positive policies for direct action on climate change?
People today, myself included, took peaceful non-violent direct action only after exhausting every other means of protest available to us," she said.

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