passive resistance

noun

Definition of passive resistance

: 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 High-level supervisors should be held accountable for allowing force used against protesters when there was only passive resistance by a particular demonstrator, Hager said. oregonlive, 16 July 2021 The judge also ordered no use of pepper spray against people engaged in passive resistance and urged police to minimize the exposure of pepper spray to bystanders. oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2021 The judge also ordered no use of pepper spray against people engaged in passive resistance and urged police to minimize the exposure of pepper spray to bystanders. oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2021 The judge also ordered no use of pepper spray against people engaged in passive resistance and urged police to minimize the exposure of pepper spray to bystanders. oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2021 The judge also ordered no use of pepper spray against people engaged in passive resistance and urged police to minimize the exposure of pepper spray to bystanders. oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2021 The training will include review of videos and scenarios from protests in Portland and elsewhere to ensure police understand the difference between a person’s passive resistance, physical resistance and active aggression. oregonlive, 13 Jan. 2021 The judge also ordered no use of pepper spray against people engaged in passive resistance and urged police to minimize the exposure of pepper spray to bystanders. oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2021 Police used force during last year’s mass protests that violated bureau policy, with officers not distinguishing between active versus passive resistance before firing rubber bullets and other impact munitions, federal lawyers said. oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of passive resistance

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of passive resistance was in 1779

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9 Nov 2021

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“Passive resistance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passive%20resistance. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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passive resistance

noun

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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