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English definition of “civil disobedience”

civil disobedience

noun [U] uk   us  
the act by a group of people of refusing to obey laws or pay taxes, as a peaceful way of expressing their disapproval of those laws or taxes and in order to persuade the government to change them: Gandhi and Martin Luther King both led campaigns of civil disobedience to try to persuade the authorities to change their policies.Refusing and rejectingActivism and pressure groups
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