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 The Holocaust wasn’t even openly discussed between Segre and her late husband, Alfredo Belli Paci, a conscientious objector who was also imprisoned in a concentration camp for refusing to serve in Mussolini’s army. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Italian Holocaust survivor a hero to many, target to others," 7 Apr. 2021 Ali requested to be excluded, as a conscientious objector, but was denied. Steven Poole, CNN, "'The Fight of the Century': A divided US nation 50 years on," 8 Mar. 2021 One of the most fascinating figures is Owen Middleton, a conscientious objector in World War I who was sentenced to life in prison after a robbery conviction. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Invisible Men' chronicles pioneering Black artists of the early comic book industry," 10 Jan. 2021 Another conscientious objector was Adida, the guy who was literally building the hardware for Microsoft's demo in Fulton. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "A Texas County Clerk’s Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote," 15 Sep. 2020 In April 2015, Morrison announced that the Christian Scientist and conscientious objector exemptions would be removed. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "A prime minister said a COVID-19 vaccine might be mandatory. Hours later, he backtracked," 20 Aug. 2020 One classic ran over a story about a conscientious objector medic—a religious Christian—who refused a weapon as he was lowered into combat to rescue any survivors from a downed chopper. Seth Lipsky, WSJ, "I Hope American Soldiers Read Stars and Stripes Forever," 7 Sep. 2020 The government introduced the program when Morrison was Australia's minister for social services, and in 2015, Morrison announced that 'conscientious objector' exclusions from the immunization requirements would no longer be given out. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Australia signs a deal for AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine—and considers making it mandatory," 19 Aug. 2020 The conscientious objector status has historically been reserved to adherents of pacifist religions. Dwight Stirling, The Conversation, "Why soldiers can’t claim conscientious objection if ordered to suppress protests," 30 June 2020

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Conscientious objector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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