activism

[ak-tuh-viz-uhm]
noun
1.
the doctrine or practice of vigorous action or involvement as a means of achieving political or other goals, sometimes by demonstrations, protests, etc.
2.
Philosophy.
a.
a theory that the essence of reality is pure activity, especially spiritual activity, or process.
b.
a theory that the relationship between the mind and the objects of perception depends upon the action of the mind.

Origin:
1905–10; < German Aktivismus. See active, -ism

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activism (ˈæktɪˌvɪzəm)
 
n
a policy of taking direct and often militant action to achieve an end, esp a political or social one
 
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