|n.||1.||Stubborn perverseness; pertinacious resistance to authority.|
|2.||(Law) A willful contempt of, and disobedience to, any lawful summons, or to the rules and orders of court, as a refusal to appear in court when legally summoned.|
|Noun||1.||contumacy - willful refusal to appear before a court or comply with a court order; can result in a finding of contempt of court|
|2.||contumacy - obstinate rebelliousness and insubordination; resistance to authority|
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.