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contumacy (n.)

"willful and persistent resistance to legitimate authority," c. 1200, from Old French contumace and directly from Latin contumacia "perseverance in one's purpose or opinions," generally in a bad sense, "arrogance, inflexibility, haughtiness, insolence," also especially "obstinate disobedience to a judicial order," abstract noun from stem of contumax (see contumely).

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Definitions of contumacy from WordNet

contumacy (n.)
willful refusal to appear before a court or comply with a court order; can result in a finding of contempt of court;
contumacy (n.)
obstinate rebelliousness and insubordination; resistance to authority;
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