- civil disobedience
- nouna group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination)-
Thoreau wrote a famous essay justifying civil disobedience• Hypernyms: ↑direct action
* * *noun [noncount]: refusal to obey laws as a way of forcing the government to do or change something
In an act of civil disobedience, the family sent its tax money to an antiwar organization.
A student organization is encouraging civil disobedience as a way to get the university to change its policies.
* * *refusal by a large group of people to obey particular laws or pay taxes, usually as a form of peaceful political protest
Useful english dictionary. 2012.