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.

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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 Their mother, Rebecca, feared if her sons became conscientious objectors, they might be lynched by vigilantes. Special To The Oregonian,, "Memorial Day 2018: Remembering two peace-loving Oregon boys who died in France," 28 May 2018 Lower courts have been increasingly acquitting conscientious objectors, with judges acquitting 27 objectors this year and 44 in 2017. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Court Orders South Korea to Overhaul Hallowed Conscription Law," 28 June 2018 South Korea has announced plans for social service as an alternative to the military sort, following a court ruling in favour of conscientious objectors. The Economist, "If national service is so good, everyone should do it," 5 July 2018 His conscientious objector claim bounced around the court system until April 28th, 1967, when Ali was to be inducted into the U.S. Army, in Houston. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Trump Says He Might Pardon Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali. What Did Ali Do?," 8 June 2018 Why Muhammad Ali doesn't need a presidential pardon The issue stems from 1967, when Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector. CBS News, "Trump says he may pardon Muhammad Ali, who does not need a pardon," 8 June 2018

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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

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