passive resistance

noun

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

Examples of passive resistance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The informal nature of his directives has practically invited passive resistance, such as when the service chiefs and his own secretary of defense politely ignored his tweet about banning transgender individuals from serving in the military. Eliot A. Cohen, Foreign Affairs, 20 Jan. 2018 So, this openly gay man organized the March on Washington and inspired Dr. King to know about passive resistance and the teachings of Gandhi. ... Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2024 Now, the passive resistance of millennials and Gen Z has spread to the annual tradition of celebrating the Lunar New Year with family. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The group’s fliers, quoting from Goethe, Schiller, Aristotle, Lao Tzu and the Bible, urged passive resistance and sabotage of the Nazi project. Alan Cowell, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for passive resistance 

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of passive resistance was in 1779

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“Passive resistance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passive%20resistance. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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passive resistance

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

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