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conscience clause

a clause or article in an act or law that exempts persons whose conscientious or religious scruples forbid their compliance.
Origin of conscience clause
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for conscience clause
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for conscience clause

conscience clause

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