conscience clause
a clause or article in an act or law that exempts persons whose conscientious or religious scruples forbid their compliance.
[1865-70]

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  • conscience clause — n. a clause in a law exempting those whose religious or moral principles forbid compliance …   English World dictionary

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  • Conscience clause — The conscience clause was an important term in education in England throughout much of 19th century. In this context, it referred to permitting parents of schoolchildren to withdraw them from Church of England worship services or other school… …   Wikipedia

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  • conscience clause — /ˈkɒnʃəns klɔz/ (say konshuhns klawz) noun a clause or article in an act or law or the like, which relieves persons whose conscientious or religious scruples forbid their compliance with it …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Conscience clause (medical) — This article is about the conscience clause in medicine. For the conscience clause in the 19th century English educational system, see Conscience clause (education). Conscience clauses are clauses in laws in some parts of the United States which… …   Wikipedia

  • Conscience clause (education) — This article is about the conscience clause in 19th century education. For legal conscience clauses relating to certain types of medicine, see Conscience clause (medical). Anglicanism portal The conscience clause was an important term in… …   Wikipedia

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