Definition of passive resistance in US English:

passive resistance


  • Nonviolent opposition to authority, especially a refusal to cooperate with legal requirements.

    ‘they called for protest in the form of passive resistance’
    • ‘This dual role has resulted in the unusual resilience and flexibility of black women and in their oft-repeated stance of dignified passive resistance to oppression.’
    • ‘Congress rejected the break-up of India and Jinnah called on Muslims to engage in ‘direct action’ - the opposite of Gandhi's passive resistance.’
    • ‘His deed certainly bears no resemblance to civil disobedience within the tradition of passive resistance.’
    • ‘Still, passive resistance can be expected from managers of hard-pressed state enterprises.’
    • ‘Nonviolence is not passive resistance: it is active.’
    • ‘Why, he can't even cut down a few old trees in The Domain without inciting a huge public outcry and passive resistance opposition.’
    • ‘His experiences in Johannesburg from 1903 to 1913 shaped his philosophy of Satyagraha, passive resistance.’
    • ‘During the struggle for independence, he realised the significance of women in the non-violent and passive resistance movement against the British rule.’
    • ‘It was his grandfather's practice of passive resistance that brought down British colonial rule in India.’
    • ‘I doubt if the media will mention September 11 1906, when Mahatma Gandhi initiated non-violent, passive resistance as a means of social reform.’
    • ‘We feel this way for many reasons - conflict, criticism, and passive resistance to our leadership - but no form of injustice is easier to quantify than low compensation.’
    • ‘Hostility toward the dominant group may take many forms, ranging form non-violent passive resistance to apolitical crime and politically inspired guerrilla warfare.’
    • ‘The prisoners had been practising passive resistance to the confiscation of their lands.’
    • ‘Through nonparticipation and passive resistance, people could achieve their goals.’
    • ‘However, in some cases their ‘survival techniques’ included passive resistance, for example, ignoring some restrictive orders.’
    • ‘Personally I think passive resistance is a good option.’
    • ‘He left the country for India in 1914, after having shaped and established his policy of ‘Satyagraha’ or passive resistance.’
    • ‘Political groups, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's passive resistance strategy, embarked on a campaign of defiance against unjust laws.’
    • ‘Demonstrators were advised to avoid violence and to use passive resistance.’
    • ‘But they are not going to find these answers in the cowardly confines of the antiwar movement; because the antiwar movement does not consider them capable of anything more than passive resistance to politics.’


passive resistance

/ˈpæsɪv rəˈzɪstəns/