conscience clause


Definition of conscience clause

: a clause in a general law exempting persons whose religious scruples forbid compliance therewith (as from taking judicial oaths)

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First Known Use of conscience clause

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Conscience clause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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