RECUSANCE

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recusant (ˈrɛkjʊzənt)
 
n
1.  (in 16th to 18th century England) a Roman Catholic who did not attend the services of the Church of England, as was required by law
2.  any person who refuses to submit to authority
 
adj
3.  (formerly, of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
4.  refusing to submit to authority
 
[C16: from Latin recūsāns refusing, from recūsāre from re- + causārī to dispute, from causa a cause]
 
'recusance
 
n
 
'recusancy
 
n

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