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[mass noun] The refusal to comply with certain laws considered unjust, as a peaceful form of political protest.
rebellion, revolt, uprising, mutiny, revolution, insurgence, insurgency, rising, rioting, riot, seditionView synonyms
- ‘He said that in the past misdemeanors for non-violent civil disobedience had been treated like a traffic ticket.’
- ‘Did the campaign escalate to civil disobedience, mass noncooperation or some form of mass direct action?’
- ‘His instinct was to take a populist tough line against civil disobedience and direct action.’
- ‘They vowed to continue their campaign of peaceful protest and civil disobedience every day until the bombing stops.’
- ‘The cop had gone through the activists' civil disobedience training.’
- ‘Delegates called for a campaign of mass civil disobedience, strikes and direct action to stop the war.’
- ‘But the peace protesters were adamant that civil disobedience was the only course of action left to them.’
- ‘If instituted, there would be mass civil disobedience and refusal to participate.’
- ‘I do have some real concerns that, by moving this legislation so fast, we will create civil disobedience.’
- ‘However, we remain to be convinced that the petrol protest was civil disobedience undertaken to further a moral objective.’
- ‘Protesters enthusiastically cheered speakers who called for mass civil disobedience.’
- ‘We were warned that this act of civil disobedience would likely result in arrest.’
- ‘There is no doubt that some activists are planning to engage in direct action and civil disobedience.’
- ‘Ghandi has taught us how effective peaceful civil disobedience can be.’
- ‘Police detained about 150 protesters, who were taken into custody for civil disobedience.’
- ‘Activists are organising acts of civil disobedience around the country on this day.’
- ‘There must be civil disobedience of laws which are contrary to human welfare.’
- ‘If this had no affect, we were going to escalate to civil disobedience, followed by occupations.’
- ‘We have been using direct action and civil disobedience against the war and the army.’
- ‘In this scenario, civil disobedience is nothing more than democracy writ large.’
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