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civil disobedience

noun [C/U]  /ˈsɪv·əl ˌdɪs·oʊˈbi·di·əns/ us  
politics & government the refusal of citizens to obey certain laws or pay taxes as a peaceful way to express disapproval of those laws or taxes: [U] Campaigns of civil disobedience forced an end to segregation.
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