civil disobedience

noun

Definition of civil disobedience

  1. :  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 in a sentence

  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.

1866

First Known Use of civil disobedience

1866


CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE Defined for English Language Learners

civil disobedience

noun

Definition of civil disobedience for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

civil disobedience

noun civil dis·obe·di·ence

Legal Definition of civil disobedience

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


Learn More about civil disobedience


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up civil disobedience? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a Mesopotamian temple tower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ