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.
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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
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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.
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[ˌnɒnkəʊɒpəˈreɪʃən] nrefus m de coopérer, non-coopération fnon-denominational [ˌnɒndɪnɒmɪˈneɪʃənəl] adjnon confessionnel(le)
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[ˈnɒnkəʊˌɒpəˈreɪʃn] nnon cooperazione f, non collaborazione f
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In countless essays and books--most notably The Politics of Nonviolence (1973) and Social Power and Political Freedom (1980)--Gene Sharp, 75, has investigated the many ways citizens have overthrown dictatorships and repelled invaders through organized, nonviolent noncooperation. (His next book, not yet completed, will explore 23 such case studies.) His life's work has been to synthesize these historical experiments into a body of strategic theory, so that dissidents under other tyrannies can overturn their rulers as well.