or non·co-op·er·a·tion

[ non-koh-op-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌnɒn koʊˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃən /


failure or refusal to cooperate.
a method or practice, as that established in India by Gandhi, of showing opposition to acts or policies of the government by refusing to participate in civic and political life or to obey governmental regulations.Compare civil disobedience(def 1), passive resistance.

Origin of noncooperation

First recorded in 1785–95; non- + cooperation

Related forms

non·co·op·er·a·tive [non-koh-op-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /ˌnɒn koʊˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/, adjectivenon·co·op·er·a·tor, nounnon·co·op·er·a·tion·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for noncooperation


/ (ˌnɒnkəʊˌɒpəˈreɪʃən) /


failure or refusal to cooperate
refusal to pay taxes, obey government decrees, etc, as a protest

Derived Forms

noncooperative (ˌnɒnkəʊˈɒpərətɪv), adjectivenoncooperator, noun
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