conscientious objection


Definition of conscientious objection

: objection on moral or religious grounds (as to service in the armed forces or to bearing arms)

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Recent Examples on the Web Finally, access to euthanasia comes to matter more than the ability to assure quality treatment, with the authorities willing to accept a brain drain from the health-care sector rather than allow conscientious objection. Wesley J. Smith, National Review, "Pressuring a Hospice to Kill," 24 Jan. 2020 Though Franz remains far from the frontlines, conscientious objection is its own sort of battle, one between the human spirit and outside forces that seek to subjugate it. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "‘A Hidden Life’ a sublime moral meditation from Terrence Malick," 19 Dec. 2019 This is a situation in which conscientious objection may be ethically invoked. Sarah C. Hull, STAT, "Not so conscientious objection: When can doctors refuse to treat?," 8 Nov. 2019 Aware that physicist Albert Einstein was a pacifist, Dr. Sharp wrote to him at Princeton University for his views on conscientious objection. Colman Mccarthy, Washington Post, "Gene Sharp, scholar who provided intellectual underpinnings to international peace movement, dies at 90," 2 Feb. 2018 The Witnesses turned to courts for protection and were mostly successful in obtaining it, whether the issue was door-to-door proselytizing, conscientious objection to the draft, or mandatory flag salutes. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "I Used to Sit for the National Anthem Too," 26 Sep. 2017 The likely issue is the Witnesses’ conscientious objection to nationalism. L. Martin Nussbaum, National Review, "‘Error Has No Rights’: Religious Coercion Persists, from Russia to America," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of conscientious objection

1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Conscientious objection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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conscientious objection

con·​scien·​tious objection | \ ˌkän-chē-ˈen-chəs- \

Legal Definition of conscientious objection

: objection on moral or religious grounds (as to military service or bearing arms)

Other Words from conscientious objection

conscientious objector noun

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