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.
Recent Examples on the Web And yet the history of handshaking is riddled with conscientious objectors, ahead of their time. Micah Hauser, The New Yorker, "In Memoriam: The Handshake," 27 Apr. 2020 York was a religious pacifist and wanted to register as a conscientious objector but was persuaded to enlist. Susan King, Los Angeles Times, "World War I inspired some cinematic masterpieces. Here are a few of them," 1 Jan. 2020 Now, as so many dissidents — anarchists, socialists, suffragists, pacifists, even conscientious objectors — had been ensnared by the Sedition Act, he felt compelled to campaign again from behind bars. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "The socialist who ran for president from prison — and won nearly a million votes," 22 Sep. 2019 The second has to do with how some of the people Weinstein tried to enlist in his efforts turned into conscientious objectors and helped the other side. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In ‘Catch and Kill,’ Ronan Farrow Recounts Chasing Harvey Weinstein Story," 14 Oct. 2019 His father was an industrial engineer and business consultant, and his mother was a pacifist and adviser to conscientious objectors. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Arthur Lazarus Jr., who represented Sioux Nation in landmark Supreme Court case, dies at 92," 31 July 2019 His father was an industrial engineer and business consultant, and his mother was a pacifist and adviser to conscientious objectors. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Arthur Lazarus Jr., who represented Sioux Nation in landmark Supreme Court case, dies at 92," 31 July 2019 The film is based on the true story of World War II conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), an Austrian farmer who was imprisoned after refusing to fight for the Third Reich. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston audiences will get a first look at one of the most buzzed about films at the recent Toronto International Film Festival when Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” has its US premiere opening night at the 35th annual," 13 Sep. 2019 The number of appointments could increase if the initial doctor is a conscientious objector, meaning the woman must find another doctor to refer them. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "New Zealand is finally trying to decriminalize abortion. Why has it taken so long?," 18 Aug. 2019

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Conscientious objector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conscientious%20objector. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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