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conscientious objection

refusal on moral or religious grounds to serve in the armed forces or to bear arms in a military conflict.
Origin of conscientious objection
First recorded in 1895-1900
Related forms
conscientious objector, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had a conscientious objection to victimising his personal friends.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • His objection to your suit is strictly a conscientious objection.

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • I had no conscientious objection to the tenets of the Established Church of my country; but I belonged to no religious community.

  • He could keep his conscientious objection about America, and still take a line that would satisfy Cissie.

  • If the tenant be a Christian he declines to pay the money for purposes to which he claims to have a conscientious objection.


    Sir Henry Arthur Blake
  • 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
  • Unless indeed he is tired of life, and has a conscientious objection to suicide.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • But the conscientious objector will probably have a conscientious objection to throwing bombs.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • 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
  • I further had a conscientious objection against being led and directed by men in my missionary labours.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson

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