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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contumacious mean? 

CONTUMACIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective CONTUMACIOUS has 1 sense:

1. wilfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient

  Familiarity information: CONTUMACIOUS used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CONTUMACIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1contumacious [BACK TO TOP]


Wilfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient

Context example:

a contumaceous witness is subject to punishment


insubordinate (not submissive to authority)

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