adjective Date: circa 1828 disobedient to authority • insubordinate nouninsubordinately adverbinsubordination noun

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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 — I adjective contumacious, defiant, disloyal, disobedient, dissident, fractious, froward, indocile, insubmissive, insurgent, insurrectionary, intractable, lawless, mutinous, noncompliant, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, refractory, resistive,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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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