Meaning of “direct action” in the English Dictionary

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"direct action" in British English

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direct actionnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdaɪ.rekt ˈæk.ʃən/ us /ˌdaɪ.rekt ˈæk.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • In England there is a separate organization of the I. W. W. that is advancing rapidly, while the influence on the old trade unions is very noticeable in their changed attitude of late toward 'direct action.'... 
  • This necessity for community solidarity is often overlooked by followers of Gandhi who advocate reforms by means of non-violent direct action in our western society. 

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

"direct action" in Business English

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direct actionnoun [ U ]

uk us

HR, POLITICS the use of actions such as strikes or protests as a way of trying to achieve political or other changes:

The government faces the real prospect of renewed direct action if it fails to respond to the protesters' 60- day deadline.
The workers, who had not been paid for several months, threatened to take direct action in pursuit of their claim.

(Definition of “direct action” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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