1. [ adjective ] refusing to submit to authority

"the recusant electors...cooperated in electing a new Senate"- Mary W.Williams

Related terms: disobedient
2. [ adjective ] (of Catholics formerly) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
Synonyms: dissentient
Related terms: unorthodox
3. [ noun ] someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
Synonyms: nonconformist
Related terms: conformist dissenter enfant_terrible beatnik maverick heretic Bohemian
Similar spelling:   recusancy