passive resistance


noun

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

pas·sive re·sist·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for passive resistance

passive resistance


noun

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

passive resistance


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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