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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tu·ma·cy n.; pl. Contumacies .
 1. Stubborn perverseness; pertinacious resistance to authority.
    The bishop commanded him . . . to be thrust into the stocks for his manifest and manifold contumacy.   --Strype.
 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.
 Syn: -- Stubbornness; perverseness; obstinacy.