Disobedient
Disobedient Dis`o*be"di*ent, a. [Pref. dis- + obedient. See {Disobey}, {Obedient}.] 1. Neglecting or refusing to obey; omitting to do what is commanded, or doing what is prohibited; refractory; not observant of duty or rules prescribed by authority; -- applied to persons and acts. [1913 Webster]

This disobedient spirit in the colonies. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Disobedient unto the word of the Lord. --1 Kings xiii. 26. [1913 Webster]

2. Not yielding. [1913 Webster]

Medicines used unnecessarily contribute to shorten life, by sooner rendering peculiar parts of the system disobedient to stimuli. --E. Darwin. [1913 Webster]


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  • disobedient — I adjective apostatizing, arbitrary, averse, contrary, contumacious, culpable, defiant, delinquent, derelict, disloyal, disorderly, disregarding, disrespectful, fractious, froward, headstrong, hostile, ill behaved, incorrigible, indisposed,… …   Law dictionary

  • disobedient — early 15c., dysobedyent, from O.Fr. desobedient, from V.L. *disobedientem (replacing L. inobedientem) from L. dis (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + obedientem (see OBEDIENT (Cf. obedient)). Related: Disobediently. Earlier in the same sense was disobeissant… …   Etymology dictionary

  • disobedient — [adj] defiant, mischievous contrary, contumacious, disorderly, fractious, froward, headstrong, insubordinate, intractable, naughty, noncompliant, nonobservant, obstreperous, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, resistive, uncompliant,… …   New thesaurus

  • disobedient — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ failing or refusing to be obedient. DERIVATIVES disobedience noun disobediently adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • disobedient — [dis΄ə bē′dēənt] adj. [ME < OFr desobedient] not obedient; refusing or failing to obey; insubordinate; refractory disobediently adv …   English World dictionary

  • disobedient — adj. disobedient to * * * [ˌdɪsə biːdjənt] disobedient to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disobedient — [[t]dɪ̱səbi͟ːdiənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you are disobedient, you deliberately do not do what someone in authority tells you to do, or what a rule or law says that you should do. Her tone was that of a parent ordering a disobedient child to behave… …   English dictionary

  • disobedient — adj. Disobedient is used with these nouns: ↑child …   Collocations dictionary

  • disobedient — dis|o|be|di|ent [ ,dısə bidiənt ] adjective deliberately doing the opposite of what someone in authority has told you to do, or deliberately not obeying rules: a disobedient child ─ opposite OBEDIENT ╾ dis|o|be|di|ent|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • disobedient — adjective he had never been punished for being disobedient Syn: insubordinate, unruly, wayward, badly behaved, naughty, delinquent, disruptive, troublesome, rebellious, defiant, mutinous, recalcitrant, uncooperative, truculent, willful,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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