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Noun: contumacy  kón-t(y)û-mu-see
  1. (law) wilful refusal to appear before a court or comply with a court order; can result in a finding of contempt of court
  2. Obstinate rebelliousness and insubordination; resistance to authority

Derived forms: contumacies

Type of: disobedience, insubordination, noncompliance, rebelliousness

Encyclopedia: Contumacy