contumacy


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contumacy

Law the wilful refusal of a person to appear before a court or to comply with a court order
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Hecht's garrulity and contumacy guaranteed that he would not resist the call to battle at the Barbary Coast, but the extent of his passion exceeded the depth of his commitment.
Defrocking," Archdeacon Huskins said, "almost always only happens on moral grounds, or contumacy.
Had this been true, Naboth would have been accused of contumacy for unjustly refusing to pay his debt.
The writ of error, like the appeal, only brings the record before the court; and if the citation be disregarded, the non-appearance of the party is not considered as a default or contumacy.
The decree accuses Bozek of a ninth violation: "Protracted contumacy in schism.