characterized by defiance; boldly resistant or challenging: a defiant attitude.

1830–40; < French défiant, Old French, present participle of defier to defy; see -ant

defiantly, adverb
defiantness, noun
half-defiant, adjective
half-defiantly, adverb
nondefiant, adjective
nondefiantly, adverb
nondefiantness, noun
overdefiant, adjective
overdefiantly, adverb
overdefiantness, noun
quasi-defiant, adjective
quasi-defiantly, adverb
undefiant, adjective
undefiantly, adverb

insubordinate, contumacious, refractory, recalcitrant, rebellious, insolent; daring.

obedient. Unabridged
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defiant (dɪˈfaɪənt)
marked by resistance or bold opposition, as to authority; challenging

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Word Origin & History

1837, from Fr. défiant, from O.Fr. desfiant, prp. of desfier (see defy). Related: Defiantly (1859).
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Example sentences
But you sir, you seem defiantly adamant about your ability to deny reality.
In a circle of lamplight, the man momentarily worked himself free of the
  soldiers and spat defiantly on the sidewalk.
When I lock eyes with him, he glares back defiantly.
With few exceptions, the stories seem defiantly ''unfashionable'' in style.
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