Definition of recusant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrekjʊzənt//
; NAmE NAmE//rəˈkjuːzənt//
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a person who refuses to do what a rule or person in authority says they should do Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin recusant- ‘refusing’, from the verb recusare ‘to refuse’, from re- (expressing opposition) + causa ‘a cause’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recusant