from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who on the basis of religious or moral principles refuses to bear arms or participate in military service.
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- n. Someone who refuses to fight in an armed conflict because of religious or moral principles.
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- n. one who refuses to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience
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The reason that San Antonio was so important as a conscientious objector center was that this was where the 1-A-O conscientious objectors were sent.
ODonnell responded that this would be a disaster, because Sorensen had been a conscientious objector to military service and could not therefore argue credibly for the use of force.