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