Definition of direct action noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


direct action

BrE BrE//dəˌrekt ˈækʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//dəˌrekt ˈækʃn//
; BrE BrE//dɪˌrekt ˈækʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˌrekt ˈækʃn//
; BrE BrE//daɪˌrekt ˈækʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˌrekt ˈækʃn//
[uncountable, countable]
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the use of strikes, protests, etc. instead of discussion in order to get what you want Environmental groups are threatening direct action if plans for the new road go ahead.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: direct action