noun[mass noun] archaic or Law
Stubborn refusal to obey or comply with authority, especially disobedience to a court order or summons.
More example sentences
- 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).
Definition of contumacy in:
- The US English dictionary