conscientious objection


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

Nearby words

  1. conscience clause,
  2. conscience money,
  3. conscience-stricken,
  4. conscient,
  5. conscientious,
  6. conscientious objector,
  7. conscionable,
  8. conscious,
  9. conscious uncoupling,
  10. consciously

Origin of conscientious objection

First recorded in 1895–1900

Related formsconscientious objector, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019