Meaning of leaderless resistance in English:

leaderless resistance

Pronunciation /ˌliːdələs rɪˈzɪst(ə)ns/


  • Dissent or resistance by small, independent cells of political activists or paramilitaries which, in order to evade detection or infiltration, are under no central control; the use of such cells as a strategy in espionage, insurgency, etc.

    In later use frequently associated with the far-right militia movement in the U.S.


1950s. From leaderless + resistance.