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conscientious objection

noun
1.
refusal on moral or religious grounds to bear arms in a military conflict or to serve in the armed forces.
Origin of conscientious objection
1895-1900
1895-1900
Related forms
conscientious objector, noun
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  • The upshot is that the patron swallows his conscientious objection to the custom and pays the tribute for fair service.

    The Itching Palm William R Scott
  • He had a conscientious objection to victimising his personal friends.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • He could keep his conscientious objection about America, and still take a line that would satisfy Cissie.

  • His objection to your suit is strictly a conscientious objection.

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • The conscientious objection to instrumental music in religious buildings is now, for the most part, ancient history.

    A Century of Christian Service C. Silvester Horne
  • I had no conscientious objection to the tenets of the Established Church of my country; but I belonged to no religious community.

  • But the conscientious objector will probably have a conscientious objection to throwing bombs.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • If the tenant be a Christian he declines to pay the money for purposes to which he claims to have a conscientious objection.

    China Sir Henry Arthur Blake
  • Now, I have no conscientious objection to roasting birds, but I prefer to choose my birds, and to kill them first.

    The Jonathan Papers Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
  • Unless indeed he is tired of life, and has a conscientious objection to suicide.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram

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