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recusant

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noun re·cu·sant \-zənt\

Definition of recusant

  1. 1 :  an English Roman Catholic of the time from about 1570 to 1791 who refused to attend services of the Church of England and thereby committed a statutory offense

  2. 2 :  one who refuses to accept or obey established authority

recusant adjective


Origin of recusant

Latin recusant-, recusans, present participle of recusare to reject, oppose, from re- + causari to give a reason, from causa cause, reason


First Known Use: circa 1553


Law Dictionary

recusant

adjective re·cu·sant \ˈre-kyə-zənt, ri-ˈkyü-\

Legal Definition of recusant

  1. :  refusing to submit to authority <the recusant witness failed to appear despite a subpoena>

recusant noun



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