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contumacious (adj.)

"headstrong, insolent, resisting legitimate authority," c. 1600, from Latin contumaci-, stem of contumax "haughty, insolent, obstinate" (see contumely) + -ous. Related: Contumaciously; contumaciousness.

updated on March 18, 2018

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Definitions of contumacious from WordNet

contumacious (adj.)
wilfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient;
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