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contumacy Syllabification: con·tu·ma·cy
Pronunciation: /ˈkäntyo͝oməsē/

Definition of contumacy in English:


archaic or Law
Stubborn refusal to obey or comply with authority, especially a court order or summons.
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).

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