Meaning of civil disobedience
- the refusal to obey certain laws or governmental demands for the purpose of influencing legislation or government policy, characterized by the employment of such nonviolent techniques as boycotting, picketing, and nonpayment of taxes. Cf. noncooperation (def. 2),
- (caps., italics) an essay (1848) by Thoreau.
- civil disobedience (Thesaurus)