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civil disobedience

civil disobedience

noun

: refusal to obey laws as a way of forcing the government to do or change something

Full Definition of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

:  refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government

Examples of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

  1. In an act of civil disobedience, the family sent its tax money to an antiwar organization.
  2. A student organization is encouraging civil disobedience as a way to get the university to change its policies.

First Known Use of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

1866

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