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The use of immediately effective acts, such as strikes, demonstrations, or sabotage, to achieve a political or social end.
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(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
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any action seeking an immediate result, esp. an action against an established authority, as a boycott.
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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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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|Noun||1.||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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