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passive resistance

noun

Simple Definition of passive resistance

  • : a way of opposing the government without using violence especially by refusing to obey laws

Full Definition of passive resistance

  1. :  resistance especially to a government or an occupying power characterized mainly by noncooperation

1819

First Known Use of passive resistance

1819

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