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passive resistance

noun
1.
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
1880-1885
1880-85
Related forms
passive resister, noun
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  • To the angry voices which their spokesmen uplifted no heed need be paid, and passive resistance could be overcome by coercion.

  • To all these measures a "passive resistance" was organised in Finland.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • It is worth noting, moreover, how easily their passive resistance develops into more active forms of rebellion.

    Freedom In Service Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
  • There has been, as we have already seen, an epidemic of passive resistance.

    Freedom In Service Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
  • The passive resistance to the Reformation might have broken out into a rebellion if a leader had come.

    A Short History of Wales Owen M. Edwards
  • The sword of passive resistance does not require a scabbard.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • He promised all she asked; but it was also as Mr. Herbert feared, and the force of passive resistance was long maintained.

British Dictionary definitions for passive resistance

passive resistance

noun
1.
resistance to a government, law, etc, made without violence, as by fasting, demonstrating peacefully, or refusing to cooperate
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passive resistance in Culture

passive resistance definition


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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