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contumacy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contumacy  \Con"tu*ma*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Contumacies}.  [L.  contumacia 
  fr  contumax  -acis,  insolent;  prob.  akin  to  contemnere  to 
  despise:  cf  F.  contumace.  Cf  {Contemn}.] 
  1.  Stubborn  perverseness;  pertinacious  resistance  to 
  authority. 
 
  The  bishop  commanded  him  .  .  .  to  be  thrust  into  the 
  stocks  for  his  manifest  and  manifold  contumacy. 
  --Strype. 
 
  2.  (Law)  A  willful  contempt  of  and  disobedience  to  any 
  lawful  summons,  or  to  the  rules  and  orders  of  court,  as  a 
  refusal  to  appear  in  court  when  legally  summoned. 
 
  Syn:  Stubbornness;  perverseness;  obstinacy. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contumacy 
  n  1:  willful  refusal  to  appear  before  a  court  or  comply  with  a 
  court  order 
  2:  obstinate  rebelliousness  and  insubordination;  resistance  to 
  authority 




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