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Noun: civil disobedience  'si-vul ,di-su'bee-dee-un(t)s
  1. A group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination)
    "Thoreau wrote a famous essay justifying civil disobedience"

Derived forms: civil disobediences

Type of: direct action

Encyclopedia: Civil disobedience