Conscience clause

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conscience clause a clause in a general law exempting persons whose religious scruples forbid compliance therewith, -- as from taking judicial oaths, rendering military service, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Conscience clause a clause in a law, affecting religious matters, to relieve persons of conscientious scruples, esp. one to prevent their children being compelled to undergo particular religious instruction
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. conscientia, knowledge—conscīre, to know well—con, and scīre, to know.

Usage

In literature:

This reservation we expressly make In a particular clause, and save the conscience.
"The Piccolomini A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
An Act for Liberty of Conscience, and Repealing such Acts or Clauses in any Act of Parliament which are inconsistent with the same.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
John Lyon knew nothing of Conscience Clauses.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
We will accept a 'conscience clause,' and open our schools to all comers, and, as a fact, do.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume XV, No. 3" by Various
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In news:

In the latest case reflecting the healthcare worker " conscience clause " movement, a California appeals court has ruled in favor of doctors who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian patient.
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