conscientious objector
noun Date: 1899 a person who refuses to serve in the armed forces or bear arms on moral or religious grounds

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • conscientious objector — ☆ conscientious objector n. a person who for reasons of conscience refuses to take part in warfare * * * One who opposes participation in military service, on the basis of religious, philosophical, or political belief. A feature of Western… …   Universalium

  • conscientious objector — 1896, in reference to those with religious scruples about mandatory vaccination. Military sense predominated from World War I. After a chequered career full of startling episodes and reversals, the Vaccination Bill becomes virtually the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conscientious objector — conscientious objectors N COUNT A conscientious objector is a person who refuses to join the armed forces because they think that it is morally wrong to do so …   English dictionary

  • conscientious objector —    Conscientious objectors are persons who refuse to participate in an activity that they consider unethical or contrary to their moral or religious principles; for example, a conscientious objector might refuse to serve in the military on the… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • conscientious objector — ► NOUN ▪ a person who refuses to serve in the armed forces for reasons of conscience …   English terms dictionary

  • conscientious objector — ☆ conscientious objector n. a person who for reasons of conscience refuses to take part in warfare …   English World dictionary

  • Conscientious objector — Conscription Military service National service Conscription crisis Conscientious objection Civilian service …   Wikipedia

  • conscientious objector — noun one who refuses to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience (Freq. 3) • Syn: ↑CO • Hypernyms: ↑dissenter, ↑dissident, ↑protester, ↑objector, ↑contestant * * * noun, pl …   Useful english dictionary

  • conscientious objector — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms conscientious objector : singular conscientious objector plural conscientious objectors someone who refuses to take part in a war because they are morally opposed to all war and violence …   English dictionary

  • conscientious objector — One who, by reason of religious training and belief, is conscientiously opposed to participation in war. Such person need not be a member of a religious sect whose creed forbids participation in war to be entitled to classification as a… …   Black's law dictionary

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