Meaning of “conscientious objector” in the English Dictionary

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"conscientious objector" in British English

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conscientious objectornoun [ C ]

uk /kɒn.ʃiˌen.ʃəs əbˈdʒek.tər/ us /kɑːn.ʃiˌen.ʃəs əbˈdʒek.tɚ/

Examples from literature

  • As far as the battle for learning goes, we were pacifists—conscientious objectors. 
  • He is not a pacifist exactly—he is not a conscientious objector. 
  • No conscientious objector need apply. 
  • The other main objection to the conscientious objectors is that their method of establishing peace is too negative. 
  • They jailed conscientious objectors in the last war. 

(Definition of “conscientious objector” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)