passive resistance


Definition of passive resistance

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The judge issued an order June 26 that restricted police from firing less-lethal launchers into a crowd if people engaged in passive resistance were likely to be struck. oregonlive, "Don’t Shoot Portland urges judge to find city in contempt of order restricting police use of less-lethal munitions," 22 Oct. 2020 Under a June 26 order approved by U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez that was reached jointly by both sides, police are restricted from firing less-lethal launchers into a crowd if people engaged in passive resistance are likely to be struck. oregonlive, "Don’t Shoot Portland seeks sanctions against city, challenging police ‘bull rushing,’ shoving and striking of protesters with batons," 16 Aug. 2020 On Monday evening, peaceful protesters organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago held up a banner outside the Central District station that, in my view, showed how far the young BLM movement has drifted away from the passive resistance of King. Clarence Page,, "Column: Protesters? Sorry, they look like thieves to me," 11 Aug. 2020 The lawsuit cites an Oregon statute that says a person can’t be arrested for passive resistance. oregonlive, "City of Portland now faces a 3rd class-action lawsuit over police use of force at protests," 9 July 2020 The efforts of Xi Jinping, the president, to make local leaders obey the dictates of the central government seem to have turned the former passive resistance at the lower levels of the bureaucracy into overenthusiastic compliance. The Economist, "Awry in the skyChina has won battles against air pollution, but not the war," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of passive resistance

1779, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2020

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“Passive resistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of passive resistance

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

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