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adj. un·ru·li·er, un·ru·li·est
1. Difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule: The substitute teacher faced unruly students in the classroom.
2. Difficult to keep in place or in order: tried to comb his unruly hair; trimmed back the unruly bushes.

[Middle English unreuli : un-, not; see un-1 + reuli, easy to govern (from reule, rule; see rule).]

un·ru′li·ness n.
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Noun1.unruliness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of disciplineunruliness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
intractability, intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control
contrariness, perverseness, perversity - deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
wildness - an unruly disposition to do as one pleases; "Liza had always had a tendency to wildness"; "the element of wildness in his behavior was a protest against repressive convention"
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nWildheit f, → Ungebärdigkeit f
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(anˈruːli) adjective
uncontrollable or disorderly. unruly teenagers/behaviour.
unˈruliness noun
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References in classic literature ?
There was no warning, no fighting for the bit, no previous unruliness. I have been thinking it over.
And I can't live in either." Benfey suggests that Kipling held a conflicted affection for America similar to the one he had for India; both outposts shared an appealing unruliness and offered a limitlessness that stodgy old England could never supply.
Nyanza director of Education Richard Chepkawai said on Thursday that 'most insecurity incidences in schools are linked to unruliness. We must get ways of dealing with such preventable situations.'
They had me at 'controls frizz' because Dubai's weather is bringing out all the unruliness from my locks.
Most may see these children as nuisance on account of their unruliness, but few wonder about the harsh realities street children experience day-to-day.
* Unruliness, knocking over furniture and jumping up on people;
"Taxify is where the masses are, the platform's free-wheeling nature has encouraged unruliness on the driver's side," said an official affiliated to one of the driver associations, who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation."Uber has its own standards, which you have to strictly follow, Little is now becoming stricter but drivers are still able to cheat the system," he said.
Someone claimed to be spat on, punches were thrown, and three players had to be ejected from the game as the unruliness spilled over into the crowd.
The height of rumpus and unruliness created in the Punjab Assembly obliged the speaker to ban entry of the six members of the opposition to the house during the budget session.
Many great dogs are often overlooked at shelters due to behavioral issues such as protest when left alone, different levels of separation anxiety, unruliness, barking, poor house manners, and housebreaking.
Ten days before the elections were scheduled to be held, when the emotions of party activists and their unruliness ran high, the Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF) for animal welfare received a call about a severely injured donkey that had been found in Karachi's Gulshan-i-Iqbal area.