Definition of civil disobedience in English:

civil disobedience


mass noun
  • The refusal to comply with certain laws considered unjust, as a peaceful form of political protest.

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