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Meaning of “civil disobedience” in the English Dictionary

"civil disobedience" in British English

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civil disobediencenoun [U]

uk   us  
the ​act by a ​group of ​people of ​refusing to ​obeylaws or ​paytaxes, as a ​peaceful way of ​expressingtheirdisapproval of those ​laws or ​taxes and in ​order to ​persuade the ​government to ​change them: Gandhi and Martin Luther King both ​ledcampaigns of ​civildisobedience to ​try to ​persuade the ​authorities to ​changetheirpolicies.
(Definition of civil disobedience from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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civil disobediencenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈsɪv·əl ˌdɪs·oʊˈbi·di·əns/
politics & government the ​refusal of ​citizens to ​obeycertainlaws or ​paytaxes as a ​peaceful way to ​expressdisapproval of those ​laws or ​taxes: [U] Campaigns of civil disobedience ​forced an end to ​segregation.
(Definition of civil disobedience from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “civil disobedience”
in Chinese (Simplified) 非暴力反抗, 不合作主义…
in Chinese (Traditional) 非暴力反抗, 不合作主義…
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