Definition of "contumacy"
  1. The act of intentionally defying a court order, amounting to disrespect for the authority of the court
How to use "contumacy" in a sentence
  1. The defendant's contumacy led to additional penalties.
  2. Contumacy can result in harsh consequences including fines or imprisonment.
  3. The judge warned the witness about the implications of contumacy before proceeding.

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