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[dis-uh-bee-dee-uh ns] /ˌdɪs əˈbi di əns/
lack of obedience or refusal to comply; disregard or transgression.
Origin of disobedience
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French desobedience, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obedience obedience Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In fact people were willing to engage in civil disobedience to get through police lines and get to their property.
  • Civil disobedience, however perilous, is enshrined in places that take liberty seriously.
  • But the telephone began to be accepted through popular disobedience.
  • But without the ability to coordinate their efforts via cellphones, acts of civil disobedience never crystallized.
  • Non-violent civil disobedience has a long history and has met with some great successes.
  • First through demonstrating and, if necessary, through escalating forms of nonviolent obstruction and disobedience.
  • He should not have gone to prison, but civil disobedience comes at a cost, and he paid it.
  • Some elements of the online movement were explicitly peaceful and devoted to civil disobedience.
  • Militancy, civil disobedience, and outright anti-capitalism are unlikely to appeal to mainstream voters.
  • Obedience to these injunctions was virtue, disobedience sin.
British Dictionary definitions for disobedience


lack of obedience
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disobedience

c.1400, from Old French desobedience, from Vulgar Latin *disobedientia (replacing Latin inobedientia) from Latin dis- (see dis-) + obedientia (see obedience). The English word replaced earlier desobeissance in this sense, and inobedience (c.1200).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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