direct action


direct action
   unlawful violence or trespass
   Usually in support of a minority group opposed to legal activities taken by others, such as hunting or growing genetically modified crops:
    'I mean direct action,' said Araba, ignoring Brodie. 'In a word, Susannah — violence.' (Theroux, 1976)

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  • direct action — direct actionist. any action seeking to achieve an immediate or direct result, esp. an action against an established authority or powerful institution, as a strike or picketing. [1835 45] * * * ▪ French extremist group French  Action Directe … …   Universalium

  • direct action — ➔ action * * * direct action UK US noun [U] ► HR, POLITICS the use of actions such as strikes or protests as a way of trying to achieve political or other changes: »The government faces the real prospect of renewed direct action if it fails to… …   Financial and business terms

  • Direct action — Direct Di*rect , a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.] 1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • direct action — n 1: an action in which the plaintiff sues a person s insurer without first obtaining a judgment against the insured or joining the insured 2: a suit by a shareholder for an injury to himself or herself independent from any injury to the… …   Law dictionary

  • direct action —    Direct action is the deliberate challenge to authority, usually the government, over a policy or policies, in a manner outside the conventional channels of parliamentary politics. It may be legal and institutionalized as with strikes, or… …   Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture

  • Direct Action — steht für: Direkte Aktion, ein Begriff aus der Sozialgeschichte Direct Action (Film), ein US amerikanischer Actionfilm Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Be …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Direct Action — est un film américain realisé par Sidney J. Furie en 2004. Fiche technique Réalisation : Sidney J. Furie Scénario : Sidney J. Furie, Greg Mellott Production : Gary Howsam Durée : 1h37 Genre : Policier Distribution Dolph… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • direct action — noun uncount action such as protests and STRIKES that workers take in order to force employers to agree to what they want …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • direct action — n. action aimed directly at achieving an objective; esp., the use of strikes, demonstrations, civil disobedience, etc. in disputes or struggles for rights …   English World dictionary

  • direct action — ► NOUN ▪ the use of public forms of protest rather than negotiation to achieve one s aims …   English terms dictionary

  • Direct action — For other uses, see Direct action (disambiguation). Direct action is activity undertaken by individuals, groups, or governments to achieve political, economic, or social goals outside of normal social/political channels. This can include… …   Wikipedia


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