- any action seeking to achieve an immediate or direct result, especially an action against an established authority or powerful institution, as a strike or picketing.
Origin of direct action
First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for direct action
I can't get her to see the difference between a socialist and a direct-action anarchist and I've given up trying.Windy McPherson's Son
- action such as strikes or civil disobedience, employed by organized labour or other groups to obtain demands from an employer, government, etc
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