Definition of disobedience noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈbiːdiəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈbiːdiəns//
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failure or refusal to obey see also civil disobedience opposite obedience Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French desobedience, from an alteration of ecclesiastical Latin inoboedientia.Extra examples He advocated non-violent civil disobedience as a strategy to achieve civil rights. He called for a campaign of civil disobedience if the president did not honour the election results. His behaviour was seen as another act of disobedience. Thoreau practiced civil disobedience against an imperialist war. the threat of mass civil disobedience their disobedience to authority their disobedience to the king
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