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Willful disobedience. The intentional failure of an individual to obey a summons to appear in court to defend against a charge or to obey an order rendered by the court.

Contumacy is a sufficient basis for finding an individual in Contempt of court.

See: contempt, defiance, disloyalty, disrespect, rebellion, resistance


the wilful refusal of a person to appear before a court or to comply with a court order.

CONTUMACY, civil law. The refusal or neglect of a party accused to appear and answer to a charge preferred against him in a court of justice. This word is derived from the Latin contumacia, disobedience. 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 455; Ayl. Parer. 196; Dig. 50, 17, 52; Code Nap. art. 22.
     2. Contumacy is of two kinds, actual and presumed: actual contumacy is when the party before the court refuses to obey some order of the court; presumed contumacy is the act of refusing or declining to appear upon being cited. 3 Curt. Ecc. R. 1.

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According to a canonist's translation and analysis, the decree appears to cite two grounds for excommunication: contumacy in schism, that is, persistence in holding beliefs contrary to church teaching; and desecration of the Eucharist.
This larger context also demonstrates how Ricci stood out among an impressive group of men by virtue of his critique of racism and colonialism, his incorruptibility, his intellectual talents, and most of all, his respect for Chinese culture, even as he decried the contumacy of his potential converts.
Prakash Sethi, has addressed what is perhaps the most pernicious myth: Northern-based "buyers" have an arm's-length relationship with their Korean, Taiwanese, or Chinese suppliers and therefore are not responsible for their well-documented records of contumacy.
Israel's contumacy isn't violation in Washington's lexicon.