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1. One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion. The last rebellious recusants among the European family of nations. (De Quincey)

2. A person who refuses to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in matters of religion; as, a roman Catholic recusant, who acknowledges the supremacy of the pope.

3. One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist. All that are recusants of holy rites. (Holyday)