conscience clause

noun
a clause or article in an act or law that exempts persons whose conscientious or religious scruples forbid their compliance.

Origin:
1865–70

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conscience clause
 
n
a clause in a law or contract exempting persons with moral scruples

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Example sentences
She said any bill under consideration should have a conscience clause.
Thus, the free exercise clause is not an all-purpose conscience clause.
And it is not in any way in violation of the conscience clause.
The commissioner of health shall develop procedures for establishing a conscience clause in the grant application process.
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