• WordNet 3.6
    • adj recusant refusing to submit to authority "the recusant electors...cooperated in electing a new Senate"- Mary W.Williams"
    • adj recusant (of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
    • n recusant someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Recusant (Eng. Hist) A person who refuses to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in matters of religion; as, a Roman Catholic recusant, who acknowledges the supremacy of the pope.
    • a Recusant Obstinate in refusal; specifically, in English history, refusing to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in the churc, or to conform to the established rites of the church; as, a recusant lord. "It stated him to have placed his son in the household of the Countess of Derby, a recusant papist."
    • Recusant One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion. "The last rebellious recusants among the European family of nations."
    • Recusant One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist. "All that are recusants of holy rites."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recusant Obstinate in refusal; specifically, in English history, refusing to attend divine service in Anglican churches, or to acknowledge the ecclesiastical supremacy of the crown.
    • n recusant One obstinate in refusing; one who will not conform to general opinion or practice.
    • n recusant Specifically, in English history, one who refused to attend divine worship in Anglican churches, or to acknowledge the ecclesiastical supremacy of the crown. Heavy penalties were inflicted on such persons, but they pressed far more lightly on the simple recusant or nonconformist than on the Roman Catholic recusant, the chief object being to secure national unity and loyalty to the crown, in opposition to papal excommunications, which declared British subjects absolved from their allegiance (as in 1570), and to plots against the government. The name recusant, though legally applied to both Protestants and Roman Catholics, was in general given especially to the latter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Recusant rek′ū-zant or rē-kū′zant obstinate in refusal, esp. to comply with the Anglican ritual
    • n Recusant a nonconformist: one who refuses to acknowledge the supremacy of the sovereign in religious matters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. recusans, -antis, p. pr. of recure, to refuse, to oject to; pref. re-, re + causa, a cause, pretext: cf. F. récusant,. See Cause, and cf. Ruse


In literature:

What can any man do with a recusant wife?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Its object is not the moral education of the recusant individuals.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
The others, being hopelessly recusant, were allowed to intoxicate themselves with rum.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Never before had a recusant daughter braved her to her face.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Priests and recusants had been discharged from prison and enjoyed full liberty.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
There was something unmanly, recusant in it.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Several bills were passed against recusants and as a protection to the Protestant religion.
"Guy Fawkes" by Thomas Lathbury
The feminine recusancy had done its work.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
Many Popish; many Recusants.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
Thenceforward recusants had to choose between loyalty to the queen and loyalty to the pope.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various

In news:

PA Supreme Court justice won't recuse himself from Williams case.
Haslam-picked judges recuse themselves from selection challenge.
3 Tennessee justices recuse themselves from special Supreme Court.
3 justices recuse themselves from special Supreme Court.
Judges recuse themselves in Heard lawsuit.
Defense asks DeCaria to recuse himself as too involved in Stewart case.
Stearns won't recuse himself in Bulger case.
Where a defendant has moved for judicial recusal, the motion must be denied because the judge's prior work as an Assistant US Attorney is not a basis for recusal.
Stearns refuses to recuse himself from Bulger trial.
Bulger's attorneys had argued that Judge Richard Stearns should recuse himself from the case because of his previous work as a federal prosecutor.
Bruce Harris' plan to recuse himself from gay marriage issues doesn't sit well with state senator.
Letten's office to recuse itself from any River Birch matter.
Da Silva Moore plaintiffs request judge's recusal .
Alabama attorney general's intervention in Benjamin, Massey recusal outrageous.
Judge's recusal complicates Youth Expo suit.

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