conscientious objection

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noun
  1. refusal on moral or religious grounds to serve in the armed forces or to bear arms in a military conflict.

Origin of conscientious objection

1
First recorded in 1895–1900

Other words from conscientious objection

  • conscientious objector, noun

Words Nearby conscientious objection

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How to use conscientious objection in a sentence

  • 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
  • Jim Bounce stated that he had a conscientious objection to fighting.

  • "Not so much as a silver teaspoon," replied Thorndyke, who had a conscientious objection to plate of all kinds.

    John Thorndyke's Cases | R. Austin Freeman
  • Many a man who has a conscientious objection to prayer, likes to hear himself sing.

    The New Warden | Mrs. David G. Ritchie