insubordinate


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in·sub·or·di·nate

 (ĭn′sə-bôr′dn-ĭt)
adj.
Not submissive to authority: has a history of insubordinate behavior.

in′sub·or′di·nate n.
in′sub·or′di·nate·ly adv.
in′sub·or′di·na′tion n.
Synonyms: insubordinate, rebellious, mutinous, factious, seditious
These adjectives mean engaged in or promoting the defiance of established authority. Insubordinate implies failure or refusal to submit to the authority of a superior: was fired for being insubordinate.
Rebellious implies open defiance of authority or resistance to control: rebellious students demonstrating on campus.
Mutinous pertains to revolt against constituted authority, especially that of a naval or military command: mutinous sailors defying the captain.
Factious implies unruly dissension within a group or organization: "The army has been embroiled in a standoff battle against a [hornets'] nest of factious groups" (Time).
Seditious applies mainly to the treasonous stirring up of resistance against a government: rebels distributing seditious pamphlets.
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insubordinate

(ˌɪnsəˈbɔːdɪnɪt)
adj
1. not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
2. not in a subordinate position or rank
n
an insubordinate person
ˌinsubˈordinately adv
ˌinsubˌordiˈnation n
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in•sub•or•di•nate

(ˌɪn səˈbɔr dn ɪt)

adj.
1. not submitting to authority; disobedient.
n.
2. a person who is insubordinate.
[1840–50]
in`sub•or′di•nate•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.insubordinate - not submissive to authority; "a history of insubordinate behavior"; "insubordinate boys"
defiant, noncompliant - boldly resisting authority or an opposing force; "brought up to be aggressive and defiant"; "a defiant attitude"
subordinate - subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; "a subordinate kingdom"
2.insubordinate - disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority
defiant, noncompliant - boldly resisting authority or an opposing force; "brought up to be aggressive and defiant"; "a defiant attitude"
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insubordinate

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insubordinate

adjective
Refusing or failing to obey:
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Translations
عاصٍ، مُتَمَرِّد
neukázněný
ulydig
óhlÿîinn
nepaklausīgsnepakļāvīgs
asiisyankâritaatsiz

insubordinate

[ˌɪnsəˈbɔːdənɪt] ADJ [person, behaviour] → insubordinado
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insubordinate

[ˌɪnsəˈbɔːrdɪnət] adjinsubordonné(e)
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insubordinate

adjaufsässig
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insubordinate

[ˌɪnsəˈbɔːdənɪt] adjinsubordinato/a
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insubordinate

(insəˈboːdənət) adjective
(of a person or his behaviour) disobedient or rebellious. an insubordinate employee.
ˈinsuˌbordiˈnation (-boː-) noun
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References in classic literature ?
Bar Comas eyed the defiant and insubordinate chieftain for an instant, his expression one of haughty, fearless contempt and hate, and then without drawing a weapon and without uttering a word he hurled himself at the throat of his defamer.
When the higher officers are angry and insubordinate, and on meeting the enemy give battle on their own account from a feeling of resentment, before the commander-in-chief can tell whether or no he is in a position to fight, the result is ruin.
I remembered with confusion my insubordinate and stealthy conduct, and when I saw where it had brought me--among what companions and surrounded by what dangers--I felt ashamed to look him in the face.
In pursuance of this resolution, they suspended all trade with the natives, except for provisions, having already more peltries than they could carry away, and having need of all the goods for the clothing and subsistence of their people, during the remainder of their sojourn, and on their journey across the mountains, This intention of abandoning Astoria was, however, kept secret from the men, lest they should at once give up all labor, and become restless and insubordinate.
What if he told them that two insubordinate seamen had been roughly handled by their officers?
If she had been mischievously inclined, she might, by application to a magistrate, have had me flogged or set to work in chains on the roads, whenever I became idle or insubordinate, which happened occasionally.
There he had half killed an insubordinate young elephant who was shirking his fair share of work.
Once, when business took him across the Atlantic, he had served in an English regiment, and being insubordinate had suffered extremely.
If wicked and designing persons tell them otherwise, and they become impatient and discontented, and are guilty of insubordinate conduct and black-hearted ingratitude; which is undoubtedly the case; I am their Friend and Father still.
Unless you are trying to be insubordinate," Waweru said.
A person can be eighty (80) years old and still be an all-round self-willed and insubordinate individual.
Insubordinate Spaces: Improvisation and Accompaniment for Social Justice