conscientious objector
n.
A person who refuses to serve in the armed forces due to ethical, moral, or religious objections to war. See also pacifist

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


conscientious objector
A person who refuses to serve in the military due to religious or strong philosophical views against war or killing. Refusing to answer a draft call is a federal felony, but when a person's religious beliefs are long-standing and consistent (as with the Quakers) then the objection to service is excused. Conscientious objectors may be required to perform some nonviolent work like driving an ambulance. Those who do not agree with these objectors sometimes call them "draft dodgers."
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


conscientious objector
n. A person who, due to religious belief, refuses to participate as a combatant in any war. By law, such an individual is exempt from serving as a combatant, but may be required to perform an alternative form of service to the country in a civilian or non-combatant military role.
@ selective conscientious objector
A person who does not object to all wars, but only to those he considers unjust. Such an individual is not exempt from service as a combatant.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


conscientious objector
A person who, because of principles of religious training and moral belief, is opposed to all war regardless of its cause.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


conscientious objector
A person who, because of principles of religious training and moral belief, is opposed to all war regardless of its cause.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

conscientious objector
n.
   a person who refuses to serve in the military due to religious or strong philosophical views against war or killing. Refusing to answer a draft call is a federal felony, but when a person's religious beliefs are long-standing and consistent (as with the Quakers) then the objection to service is excused. Conscientious objectors may be required to perform some non-violent work like driving an ambulance. During the Vietnam War some conscientious objectors fled to Canada to avoid any service. However, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused induction during the Vietnam War (1967) on the basis of his Black Muslim religious beliefs against war and other philosophical reasons, but was charged with draft evasion anyway. Ali was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison. On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction. Those who do not agree with these objectors sometimes call them "draft dodgers."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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