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civil disobedience at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] when people, especially a large group of people, refuse to obey a law in order to protest in a peaceful way against the government//

civil disobedience at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Refusal to obey government demands or commands and nonresistance to consequent arrest and punishment. It is used especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing government concessions and has been a major tactic of nationalist movements in Africa and India, of the U.S. civil-rights movement, and of labor and antiwar movements in many countries. Those who engage in it feel obligated by a higher principle to break a given law. Its philosophical roots can be traced back to Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, and H. D. Thoreau; M. Gandhi most clearly formulated the concept of civil disobedience for the modern world. In the U.S., it was most fully articulated and employed by M. L. King, Jr.

civil disobedience at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[U] refusal by a large group of people to obey particular laws or pay taxes, usually as a form of peaceful political protest

civil disobedience at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

civil disobedience
n : a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law
is immoral (as in protest against discrimination);
"Thoreau wrote a famous essay justifying civil

civil disobedience at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Inter: en-noun » head=civil disobedience|-
  • A form of social protest, involving the active but non-violent refusal to obey certain laws, demands, or commands of an established authority, because they are considered to be morally wrong or detrimental.
    1. 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 146:
    2. :We now had no alternative but to resort to civil disobedience, and we embarked in earnest on preparations for mass action.

      See also

      * nonviolent resistance

  • treason


    Inter: trans-top » active and non-violent refusal to obey
  • Dutch: burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid {{f}}
  • Finnish: kansalaistottelemattomuus
  • German: Inter: t- » de|ziviler Ungehorsam|m
  • Greek: Inter: t- » el|απείθεια κατά της αρχής|f|tr=apíthia katá tis arkhís

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Icelandic: borgaraleg óhlýðni {{f}}
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|easumhlaíocht shibhialta|f
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|sivil ulydighet
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|eas-umhlachd chatharra|f

    Inter: trans-botto » m
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    Translation: de » civil disobedience
    Translation: et » civil disobedience
    Translation: fr » civil disobedience
    Translation: my » civil disobedience
    Translation: ru » civil disobedience
    Translation: ta » civil disobedience