contumacious

[kon-too-mey-shuhs, -tyoo-]
adjective
stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.

Origin:
1590–1600; contumacy + -ous

contumaciously, adverb
contumaciousness, contumacity [kon-too-mas-i-tee, -tyoo-] , noun
noncontumacious, adjective
noncontumaciously, adverb
noncontumaciousness, noun
uncontumacious, adjective
uncontumaciously, adverb
uncontumaciousness, noun


contrary, pigheaded, factious, refractory, headstrong, intractable.
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contumacious (ˌkɒntjʊˈmeɪʃəs)
 
adj
stubbornly resistant to authority; wilfully obstinate
 
contu'maciously
 
adv
 
contu'maciousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

contumacious
c.1600, from L. contumaci-, stem of contumax (see contumely) + -ous.
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Example sentences
Cases are not wanting in which contumacious offenders were actually committed
  to prison.
We review for clear error any factual findings underlying the contumacious
  behavior.
There must be a willful, contumacious, or reckless state of mind to warrant
  conviction for criminal contempt.
In addition, the wrongdoer can be separately indicted for his contumacious acts.
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