contumacious


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con·tu·ma·cious

 (kŏn′tə-mā′shəs, -tyə-)
adj.
Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate.

con′tu·ma′cious·ly adv.
con′tu·ma′cious·ness n.

contumacious

(ˌkɒntjʊˈmeɪʃəs)
adj
stubbornly resistant to authority; wilfully obstinate
ˌcontuˈmaciously adv
ˌcontuˈmaciousness n

con•tu•ma•cious

(ˌkɒn tʊˈmeɪ ʃəs, -tyʊ-)

adj.
stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully disobedient.
[1590–1600; < Latin contumāx unyielding, stubborn (con- con- + -tum- of uncertain sense + -āx adj. suffix); see -acious]
con`tu•ma′cious•ly, adv.
con`tu•ma′cious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contumacious - wilfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient; "a contumaceous witness is subject to punishment"
insubordinate - not submissive to authority; "a history of insubordinate behavior"; "insubordinate boys"

contumacious

adjective
Marked by defiance:
Translations

contumacious

[ˌkɒntjʊˈmeɪʃəs] ADJ (frm) → contumaz

contumacious

adj (form)verstockt; (= insubordinate)rebellisch
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The impossibility of maintaining order and dispensing justice among these sovereign subjects, produced the experiment of dividing the empire into nine or ten circles or districts; of giving them an interior organization, and of charging them with the military execution of the laws against delinquent and contumacious members.
The competency of this regulation may be estimated by a clause in their treaty of 1683, with Victor Amadeus of Savoy; in which he obliges himself to interpose as mediator in disputes between the cantons, and to employ force, if necessary, against the contumacious party.
They express the consciousness that you have no enemy to punish, but that you have pain; the consciousness that in spite of all possible Wagenheims you are in complete slavery to your teeth; that if someone wishes it, your teeth will leave off aching, and if he does not, they will go on aching another three months; and that finally if you are still contumacious and still protest, all that is left you for your own gratification is to thrash yourself or beat your wall with your fist as hard as you can, and absolutely nothing more.
You will take a sufficient number of troops to prevent delay, in case the place should be contumacious.
Among the shifting, sonorous, pulsing crowd glimpses could be had of Jerry's high hat, battered by the winds and rains of many years; of his nose like a carrot, battered by the frolicsome, athletic progeny of millionaires and by contumacious fares; of his brass-buttoned green coat, admired in the vicinity of McGary's.
Scharf, Chaos in the Courtroom: Controlling Disruptive Defendants and Contumacious Counsel in War Crimes Trials, 39 CASE W.
Among other matters, it asked the voters to approve important amendments to the Evidence Code creating a forfeiture hearsay exception and declaring contumacious witnesses unavailable.
have not budged the Ethiopian government from its contumacious position.
His new secretary of state John Kerry deceives himself if he thinks he can resolve the Middle East conundrum, cozying up to contumacious caitiffs.
51) This confinement was intended to address "willful refusal to pay and was an action taken for contumacious conduct rather than as the imposition of punishment for the offense of which the defendant had been convicted.
Conduct must be contumacious and take place in presence of the court.
He asked the bench to try the adequate material to establish that there was no contumacious act on part of his client in obeying their orders.