Definition of contumacy in English:


Line breaks: con|tu¦macy
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒntjʊməsi


[mass noun] archaic or Law
  • Stubborn refusal to obey or comply with authority, especially disobedience to a court order or summons.
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    • As is pointed out in the cases cited, there is no statutory definition of contumacy.
    • Sometimes, indeed, he is outrageous, as when he suggests that the mere act of believing or accepting the Christian message is a manifestation of human pride, self-will, contumacy, and sin.
    • These insults… his contumacy… this behavior was the last straw!


Middle English: from Latin contumacia 'inflexibility', from contumax (see contumacious).

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