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DISOBEDIENCE. The want of submission to the orders of a superior.
     2. In the army, disobedience is a misdemeanor.
     3. For disobedience to parents, children may be punished; and apprentices may be imprisoned for disobedience to the lawful commands of their master. Vide Correction.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A typical definition of civil disobedience runs like this: it is "a public, non-violent and conscientious breach of law undertaken with the aim of bringing about change in laws or government policies." The goals of civil disobedience are "to publicize an unjust law or a just cause" and "to appeal to the conscience of the public" so as "to end complicity in the injustice which flows from obedience to unjust law."
According to the Central committee of Sudan doctors (CCSD), 118 people were killed since last Monday and four of them were killed on the first day of the civil disobedience. It also added that 40 of the casualties were allegedly retrieved from the Nile river.
We have been working to adjust the strike and disobedience to contain the escalation," he said in televised comments.
The SPA said the civil disobedience should terminate only after the announcement of a civilian government.
The call to civil disobedience comes as several opposition leaders were arrested by security forces following an overnight raid in the capital on Saturday.
"By using violence as an imperative, it [the military] left the civic society no option but to go through with civil disobedience. They're already rounding up political dissidents, they started assassinating leaders of the sit-in, and by doing so the Transitional Military Council has totally eliminated any chance of a political outcome," Madibo told Al-Jazeera.
The two were charged with disobedience to summons in 2016.
As it happens, there is a more precise alternative to "resistance" that is rarely mentioned nowadays: civil disobedience. In theory, civil disobedience should be an effective weapon against populists.
In each case, the "civil" in civil disobedience has been conflated with civility, as in politeness or general respectability.
"Physical Disobedience" introduces a breathtaking new perspective on wellness by encouraging nonviolence toward the human body, revitalizing our physical selves through diet and exercise, fashion and social media, alternative therapies, music, and motherhood.
Reynaldo Umali, who chairs the committee on justice, filed the disobedience case against De Lima.