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conscience clause

noun

  1. a clause or article in an act or law that exempts persons whose conscientious or religious scruples forbid their compliance.


conscience clause

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of conscience clause1

First recorded in 1865–70

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Example Sentences

But she interrupts him before he can add his conscience clause.

Subject to a conscience clause, religious instruction was obligatory, and was placed under ecclesiastical inspection.

There was at one time much debating about a so-called "Conscience Clause."

Granted a certain modicum of worldly conformity, they would not be at all indisposed to a conscience clause.'

Secular state education and the “conscience clause” were anathema to him.

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