from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Obstinate or contemptuous resistance to authority; stubborn rebelliousness.
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- n. disobedience, resistance to authority
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Stubborn perverseness; pertinacious resistance to authority.
- n. A willful contempt of, and disobedience to, any lawful summons, or to the rules and orders of court, as a refusal to appear in court when legally summoned.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wilful and persistent resistance to legitimate authority of any kind; unyielding disobedience; stubborn perverseness in an illegal or wrong course of action.
- n. Specifically In law, wilful disobedience to a lawful order of a judicial or legislative body, or wilful contempt of its authority; a refusal to appear in court when legally summoned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. obstinate rebelliousness and insubordination; resistance to authority
- n. willful refusal to appear before a court or comply with a court order; can result in a finding of contempt of court
Middle English contumacie, from Latin contumācia, from contumāx, contumāc-, insolent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)