conscientious objector

noun

Definition of conscientious objector

: a person who refuses to serve in the armed forces or bear arms on moral or religious grounds

Examples of conscientious objector in a Sentence

He registered as a conscientious objector.

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Most libraries throughout the country still levy fines, but the number of conscientious objectors that have abandoned fines is growing. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "What’s changed since St. Paul ended library late fees? Usage bolstered while overdue rate holds steady — so far," 9 June 2019 Ready to be imprisoned as a conscientious objector, Eddington, like Einstein, believed in pacifism. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Made Einstein the World's Most Famous Scientist," 24 May 2019 Hundreds of conscientious objectors are imprisoned in South Korea each year, serving terms of 18 months or longer. Washington Post, "Court: S.Korea must allow alternative for military objectors," 29 June 2018 Since 1953, more than 19,300 South Korean conscientious objectors have gone to prison. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "South Korean Men Will Soon be Able to Choose an Alternative to Mandatory Military Service," 29 June 2018 According to Amnesty International, South Korea jails more conscientious objectors than the rest of the world put together. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "South Korean Men Will Soon be Able to Choose an Alternative to Mandatory Military Service," 29 June 2018 South Korea, one of the few nations that conscripts all able-bodied men into military service, will now allow conscientious objectors to substitute the required two years with community service. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "South Korean Men Will Soon be Able to Choose an Alternative to Mandatory Military Service," 29 June 2018 Three bills currently before the legislature would allow conscientious objectors to perform non-military service, such as working with the disabled or the elderly in social-welfare facilities, or conducting disaster-relief work. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Court Orders South Korea to Overhaul Hallowed Conscription Law," 28 June 2018 The court did not say how much time conscientious objectors should spend in civilian service. New York Times, "South Korea Must Offer Alternatives to Military Draft, Court Rules," 28 June 2018

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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conscientious objector

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conscientious objector

: a person who refuses to serve in the military because of moral or religious beliefs

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