• WordNet 3.6
    • n recusancy refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Recusancy The state of being recusant; nonconformity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n recusancy Obstinate refusal or opposition.
    • n recusancy The state of being a recusant.
    • n recusancy The tenets of the recusants, or adherence to those tenets.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Recusancy state of being a recusant: nonconformity, or its tenets
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. recusans, pr.p. of recusārere-, against, causa, a cause.


In literature:

She soon knew thus much of the recusant's appearance.
"Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
If any of them proved refractory, he would himself send the recusant to prison, or ship him off for Islanders.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Whether there have not been Popish recusants?
"The Querist" by George Berkley
Is there no law for such recusancy, Colonel Grahame?
"Old Mortality, Illustrated, Volume 1." by Sir Walter Scott
Is there no law for such recusancy, Colonel Grahame?
"Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Here they knocked, thundered, and halloo'd, with many denunciations of vengeance against the recusants who refused to open the gates.
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
He had opposed Lecompton, become a party recusant, and been declared a party apostate.
"Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2" by John George Nicolay and John Hay
Lanfranc, Anselm, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, all had had their theological ire aroused against the Irish recusants.
"The Story Of Ireland" by Emily Lawless
The very fact that it originally belonged to the recusant Gerard family is sufficient evidence.
"Secret Chambers and Hiding Places" by Allan Fea
But the Liberal party among the Protestants fully sympathised with the anti-tithe recusants.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin

In news:

Justice Thomas' stubborn refusal to recuse himself.
Gableman says he won't recuse himself from disputed cases.
Should Elena Kagan recuse herself in the ACA case.
Gay judge didn't need to recuse himself.
Diaz says Schneiderman should recuse from NARAL probe.
D-Bronx, is calling for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (his old Senate colleague) to recuse himself from a probe of NARAL.
New board members recuse themselves.
Public defender drops recusal motions against Judge Steelman .
Public defender drops Steelman recusal requests.
Justice Joyce Wheeler gives no reason for recusal.
Two justices face key recusal issue.
Freedom Watch wants Kagan to recuse herself from health care reform cases.
Judge's recusal in murder case denied.
A hearing was held on Tuesday in Cameron county for the recusal of Judge Elsa Cornejo Lopez in a capital murder case.
Judge in Trayvon Martin case to decide on recusal .

In science:

Consider a random recusive tree with n vertices.
Congruence properties of depths in some random trees
The work of allows us in theory to calculate these Ext groups but with recusive formula.
Dimensions of Higher Extensions for SL_2
Takeuchi, “On a recursive function that does almost recusion only,” Electrical Communication Laboratory, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Co., Tokyo, Japan (1978).
Textbook examples of recursion