or non·co-op·er·a·tion

[ non-koh-op-uh-rey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for noncooperation on
  1. failure or refusal to cooperate.

  2. 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

Other words from noncooperation

  • non·co·op·er·a·tive [non-koh-op-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv], /ˌnɒn koʊˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/, adjective
  • non·co·op·er·a·tor, noun
  • non·co·op·er·a·tion·ist, noun

Words Nearby noncooperation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for noncooperation


/ (ˌnɒnkəʊˌɒpəˈreɪʃən) /

  1. failure or refusal to cooperate

  2. refusal to pay taxes, obey government decrees, etc, as a protest

Derived forms of noncooperation

  • noncooperative (ˌnɒnkəʊˈɒpərətɪv), adjective
  • noncooperator, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012