Contumacy meaning

kŏn'to͝o-mə-sē, -tyo͝o-
Obstinate or contemptuous resistance to authority; stubborn rebelliousness.
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Stubborn refusal to submit to authority, esp. that of a law court; insubordination; disobedience.
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The willful disobedience of a court’s direction, order, or summons or any other disrespectful or disruptive conduct that would justify a finding of contempt.
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Origin of contumacy

  • Middle English contumacie from Latin contumācia from contumāx contumāc- insolent
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition