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contumacious

[ kon-too-mey-shuhs, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌkɒn tʊˈmeɪ ʃəs, -tyʊ- /
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adjective

stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.

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Origin of contumacious

First recorded in 1590–1600; contumacy + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for contumacious

contumacious
/ (ˌkɒntjʊˈmeɪʃəs) /

adjective

stubbornly resistant to authority; wilfully obstinate

Derived forms of contumacious

contumaciously, adverbcontumaciousness, noun
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