passive resistance


Definition of passive resistance

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

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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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1779, in the meaning defined above

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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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