civil disobedience

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civil disobedience ‎(uncountable)

  1. 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.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 146:
      We now had no alternative but to resort to civil disobedience, and we embarked in earnest on preparations for mass action.

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