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passive resistance

opposition to a government or to specific governmental laws by the use of noncooperation and other nonviolent methods, as economic boycotts and protest marches.
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passive resistance

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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