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civil disobedience Syllabification: civ·il dis·o·be·di·ence
Pronunciation: /ˈsivil ˈˌdisəˈbēdēəns/

Definition of civil disobedience in English:


The refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest.
Example sentences
  • They vowed to continue their campaign of peaceful protest and civil disobedience every day until the bombing stops.
  • Delegates called for a campaign of mass civil disobedience, strikes and direct action to stop the war.
  • We have been using direct action and civil disobedience against the war and the army.
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