What does the word contumacy mean?

Usage examples for contumacy

  1. They nipped contumacy in the bud. – St. Cuthbert's by Robert E. Knowles
  2. Even the correct Hannah, who had preserved her faith unbroken, in spite of her husband's and sons' contumacy, and the, if possible, still more particular Rachel, were startled from their usual composure, and gave vent to their joy. – The Old Bell Of Independence; Or, Philadelphia In 1776 by Henry C. Watson