direct action


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

Related forms

direct actionist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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|Sherwood Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for direct action

direct action


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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