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REBELLION Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

Deliberate, organized resistance, by force and arms, to the laws or operations of the government, committed by a subject See Hubbard v. Harnden Exp. Co., 10 R. I. 247; State v. McDonald, 4 Port. (Ala.) 455; Crashley v. Press Pub. Co., 74 App. Div. 118, 77 N. Y. Supp. 711. In old English law, the term “rebellion” was also applied to contempt of a court man- ifested by disobedience to its process, particularly of the court of chancery. If a de- fendant refused to appear, after attachment and proclamation, a “commission of rebellion” issued against him. 3 Bl. Comm. 444.


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