re·cu·sant /'re-kyə-zənt, ri-'kyü-/ adj: refusing to submit to authority
the recusant witness failed to appear despite a subpoena
recusant n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective abjuratory, antagonistic, apostate, contrary, contumacious, differing, disagreeing, discordant, disobedient, dissentient, dissenting, dissident, heretic, heterodox, hostile, iconoclastic, impenitent, inflexible, inimical, insubordinate, negative, nonconformist, nonjuring, nonobservant, obdurate, obstinate, oppugnant, protestant, rebellious, recalcitrant, resistant, restive, schismatic, uncompliant, unconformable, unconforming, unconsenting, unfriendly, unrepentant, unresigned, unsubmissive, unwilling II index contumacious, disobedient, dissenting, dissident, insubordinate, lawless, malcontent, nonconsenting, radical (favoring drastic change), recalcitrant, restive

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Recusant — Re*cu sant ( zat; 277), a.[L. recusans, antis, p. pr. of recure to refuse, to oject to; pref. re re + causa a cause, pretext: cf. F. r[ e]cusant. See {Cause}, and cf. {Ruse}.] Obstinate in refusal; specifically, in English history, refusing to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Recusant — Re*cu sant, n. 1. One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion. [1913 Webster] The last rebellious recusants among the European family of nations. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Hist.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recusant — [rek′yoo zənt, ri kyo͞o′zənt] n. [L recusans, prp. of recusare, to reject < re , against + causari, to dispute, pretend < causa, reason, CAUSE] 1. a person who refuses to obey an established authority; specif., in England in the 16th to… …   English World dictionary

  • récusant — récusant, ante [ʀekyzɑ̃, ɑ̃t] adj. et n. ÉTYM. 1611; p. prés. de récuser. ❖ ♦ Dr. Qui exerce un droit de récusation …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • récusant — récusant, ante (ré ku zan, zan t ) s. m. et f. Celui, celle qui récuse un juge, un juré, un témoin, un arbitre, etc.    Il s est dit aussi, dans les querelles de religion, de ceux qui rejettent les principes établis …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • recusant — 1550s, from L. recusantem, prp. of recusare (see RECUSE (Cf. recuse)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • recusant — ► NOUN 1) a person who refuses to submit to authority or comply with a regulation. 2) historical a person who refused to attend services of the Church of England. DERIVATIVES recusancy noun. ORIGIN from Latin recusare refuse …   English terms dictionary

  • recusant — noun Etymology: Latin recusant , recusans, present participle of recusare to reject, oppose, from re + causari to give a reason, from causa cause, reason Date: circa 1553 1. an English Roman Catholic of the time from about 1570 to 1791 who… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • recusant — /rek yeuh zeuhnt, ri kyooh zeuhnt/, adj. 1. refusing to submit, comply, etc. 2. obstinate in refusal. 3. Eng. Hist. refusing to attend services of the Church of England. n. 4. a person who is recusant. 5. Eng. Hist. a person, esp. a Roman… …   Universalium

  • recusant — [ rɛkjʊz(ə)nt] noun a person who refuses to submit to authority or comply with a regulation. ↘historical a person who refused to attend services of the Church of England. adjective of or denoting a recusant. Derivatives recusance noun recusancy… …   English new terms dictionary

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