recusant

noun
re·cu·sant | \ˈre-kyə-zənt, ri-ˈkyü-\

Definition of recusant 

1 : an English Roman Catholic of the time from about 1570 to 1791 who refused to attend services of the Church of England and thereby committed a statutory offense

2 : one who refuses to accept or obey established authority

Other Words from recusant

recusant adjective

First Known Use of recusant

circa 1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recusant

Latin recusant-, recusans, present participle of recusare to reject, oppose, from re- + causari to give a reason, from causa cause, reason

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The first known use of recusant was circa 1553

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recusant

adjective
re·cu·sant | \ˈre-kyə-zənt, ri-ˈkyü-\

Legal Definition of recusant 

: refusing to submit to authority the recusant witness failed to appear despite a subpoena

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