I adjective contumacious, defiant, disloyal, disobedient, dissident, fractious, froward, indocile, insubmissive, insurgent, insurrectionary, intractable, lawless, mutinous, noncompliant, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, refractory, resistive, restive, revolutionary, sansculottic, seditiosus, treacherous, treasonous, turbulentus, uncomplying, ungovernable, unruly, wayward associated concepts: contempt, discharge II index broken (unfulfilled), contumacious, disobedient, froward, impertinent (insolent), insurgent, intractable, lawless, malcontent, nonconsenting, perverse, recalcitrant, recusant, restive, unruly

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  • insubordinate — insubordinate, rebellious, mutinous, seditious, factious, contumacious mean having or showing defiance or indifference to constituted authority. Insubordinate is used primarily in reference to a person whose status is that of a subordinate and… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • insubordinate — [in΄sə bôrd′ n it] adj. [ IN 2 + SUBORDINATE] not submitting to authority; disobedient n. an insubordinate person insubordinately adv. insubordination n …   English World dictionary

  • Insubordinate — In sub*or di*nate, a. Not submitting to authority; disobedient; rebellious; mutinous. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insubordinate — (adj.) 1849, on model of Fr. insubordonné (1789); from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + SUBORDINATE (Cf. subordinate). Related: Insubordinately …   Etymology dictionary

  • insubordinate — [adj] rebellious contrary, contumacious, defiant, disaffected, disobedient, disorderly, dissentious, factious, fractious, insurgent, intractable, mutinous, naughty, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, riotous, seditious, treacherous, turbulent,… …   New thesaurus

  • insubordinate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ disobedient. DERIVATIVES insubordination noun …   English terms dictionary

  • insubordinate — insubordination in‧su‧bor‧di‧na‧tion [ˌɪnsəbɔːdˈneɪʆn ǁ ɔːr ] noun [uncountable] when you refuse to obey someone of a higher rank: • He was fired for insubordination. insubordinate adjective : • an insubordinate new recruit * * * insubordinate… …   Financial and business terms

  • insubordinate — insubordinately, adv. insubordination, n. /in seuh bawr dn it/, adj. 1. not submitting to authority; disobedient: an insubordinate soldier. 2. not lower. n. 3. a person who is insubordinate. [1840 50; IN 3 + SUBORDINATE] Syn. 1. refractory,… …   Universalium

  • insubordinate — adj. insubordinate to * * * [ˌɪnsə bɔːd(ə)nɪt] insubordinate to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • insubordinate — [[t]ɪ̱nsəbɔ͟ː(r)dɪnət[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is insubordinate, you mean that they do not obey someone of higher rank. [FORMAL] In industry, a worker who is grossly insubordinate is threatened with discharge …   English dictionary

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