- The definition of contumacious is a stubborn person who refuses to obey rules.
An example of contumacious is someone who will absolutely not wear a seat belt because they don't like to be told what to do.
contumacious definition by Webster's New World
obstinately resisting authority; insubordinate; disobedient
Origin: ; from contumacy plush -ous
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- contumaciously adverb
contumacious definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate.
- conˌtu·maˈcious·ly adverb
- conˌtu·maˈcious·ness noun