civil disobedience

civil disobedience
a 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
Hyponyms: ↑sit-in, ↑protest march

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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.

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ˌcivil disoˈbedience [civil disobedience] noun uncountable
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.