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civil disobedience


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

  • n. Refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation, characterized by the use of passive resistance or other nonviolent means.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

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

  • n. a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination)


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