Definition of civil disobedience in English:

civil disobedience

Syllabification: civ·il dis·o·be·di·ence

noun

  • The refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines, as a peaceful form of political protest.
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    • 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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