Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The use of direct, often confrontational action, such as a demonstration or strike, in opposition to or support of a cause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of using action to achieve a result, such as political demonstration or a strike in support of or in opposition to an issue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a policy of taking direct and militant action to achieve a political or social goal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a policy of taking direct and militant action to achieve a political or social goal

Etymologies

active +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Updated 11: 06: Sen. Feingold is now attacking the activism of the Roberts Court, while noting that there appears to be no fixed definition of the term \ "judicial activism\" other than \ "having opinions one does not like.

    Doug Kendall: Liveblogging the Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings

  • The term activism by Mark Sashine on Monday, Aug 31, 2009 at 9: 14: 05 AM

    The Problem of Cosmetic Activism

  • "Their policy is playing to the [Kenyan public] gallery, which we call activism diplomacy," he said, calling the warnings on travel bans part of "a big bully blackmail system."

    U.S. Ups Criticism, Pressure On Kenya

  • And, unfortunately, that's what you call activism, judicial activism.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2005

  • Their 'activism' is far more detrimental to America than Acorn ever was. russell

    FRC spot looks to tie public option to abortion funding

  • But since he's a conservative, that kind of activism is okay with the right because it's their kind of activism, proving again the axiom, IOKIYAR (It's Okay If You're A Republican).

    November 2005

  • Oh, to be a young believer in Philadelphia right now, where the spirit of Christian activism is mingling vigorously with an apparently unkillable strain of old-school countercultural Jesus-freakery.

    Sing to the Lord a New Song

  • This requires a radical reduction in activism-related flying.

    Joseph Nevins: Flying & Activism

  • Baroque: Though, I am not ready to give away the answer, But do not forget that my activism is based on telling the truth and sharing how we can all leave past mistakes behind and make a big impact in the world.

    The Girl-Soldier and True-Lie Answer

  • Good progressive political activism is that which engages in the fights that are before us, while also making long-term plans to improve the battlefield itself.

    Unilateral Disarmament

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