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from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not swearing allegiance: an epithet applied to those clergymen and prelates in England who would not swear allegiance to the government after the revolution of 1688.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not swearing allegiance; -- applied to the party in Great Britain that would not swear allegiance to William and Mary, or their successors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Describing the bishops, clergy and congregations that refused to swear allegiance to William III of England.

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