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passive resistance

opposition to a government or to specific governmental laws by the use of noncooperation and other nonviolent methods, as economic boycotts and protest marches.
Origin of passive resistance
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
passive resister, noun Unabridged
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  • And as passive resistance was their attitude, his purging scheme was abortive.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • To all these measures a "passive resistance" was organised in Finland.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • passive resistance was the order and the practice of the day.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • There has been, as we have already seen, an epidemic of passive resistance.

    Freedom In Service Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
  • The sword of passive resistance does not require a scabbard.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • Reader: You have said that passive resistance is a speciality of India.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • Pecuniary ambition and passive resistance cannot well go together.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for passive resistance

passive resistance

resistance to a government, law, etc, made without violence, as by fasting, demonstrating peacefully, or refusing to cooperate
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passive resistance in Culture

passive resistance definition

A technique of demonstrating opposition to a government's activities simply by not cooperating with them. It is particularly associated with Mahatma Gandhi, who opposed violent revolution in his own country's fight for independence. (Compare civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance.)

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