Meaning of “civil disobedience” in the English Dictionary

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"civil disobedience" in British English

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civil disobediencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌsɪv.əl dɪs.əˈbiː.di.əns/ us /ˌsɪv.əl dɪs.əˈbiː.di.əns/

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.

(Definition of “civil disobedience” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"civil disobedience" in American English

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civil disobediencenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈsɪv·əl ˌdɪs·oʊˈbi·di·əns/

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.

(Definition of “civil disobedience” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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