conscientious objector


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.
Recent Examples on the Web Desmond Doss, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who rescued dozens of fellow soldiers in the 1945 battle for Okinawa while an unarmed medic, became the first conscientious objector to receive the medal. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 29 June 2022 Born in 1900 in London to a wealthy Quaker family, Penrose was a conscientious objector in World War I. Town & Country, 23 Mar. 2022 Alcindor, Russell, Brown and other athletes wanted to ask Ali about how legitimate his feelings were on being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 18 Feb. 2022 This led the draft board to revoke his conscientious objector status and order him to report for induction in 1953. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2021 The two were married, against the wishes of Eleanora’s parents, in 1968, by a Methodist minister who, as a conscientious objector, would be jailed the next day. William Kirkley, The New Yorker, 13 Oct. 2021 Daniel Seeger, the conscientious objector who was found to be sincere and religious despite his lack of religious affiliation or belief in god, had a lot of help. Charles Mccrary, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 The state appeal board never gave a reason for denying Ali’s conscientious objector status and in essence denied Ali due process in the case. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Sanders applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War. CNN, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of conscientious objector

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conscientious objector was in 1916

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“Conscientious objector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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