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[dis-uh-bee-dee-uh nt] /ˌdɪs əˈbi di ənt/
neglecting or refusing to obey; not submitting; refractory.
Origin of disobedient
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Old French desobedient, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obedient obedient
Related forms
disobediently, adverb
insubordinate, contumacious, defiant, rebellious, unsubmissive, uncompliant.
obedient. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disobedient
  • Suppose you have crushing credit-card debt, a demanding tyrant for a boss, and disobedient children.
  • He has blamed disobedient subordinates for murderous attacks on civilians and for destroying previous ceasefires.
  • The effect of scolding was more pronounced when the dogs were obedient, not disobedient.
  • Obedience is reinforced by punishment for the disobedient.
  • It is sanctioned by the promise of eternal happiness to the faithful, and the threat of everlasting misery to the disobedient.
  • Their disobedient detour might fairly be said to have changed the course of history.
  • Turn the radio dial a bit, and political discourse gives way to rants on straying husbands or disobedient teenagers.
  • He's disobedient careless with the property of others and exhibits serious boundary issues.
  • Joe himself is not scholarly and isn't particularly disobedient, since he comes from a happy family.
  • The snake squares had pictures of children being disobedient.
British Dictionary definitions for disobedient


not obedient; neglecting or refusing to obey
Derived Forms
disobediently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disobedient

early 15c., dysobedyent, from Old French desobedient, from Vulgar Latin *disobedientem (replacing Latin inobedientem) from Latin dis- (see dis-) + obedientem (see obedient). Related: Disobediently. Earlier in the same sense was disobeissant (late 14c.), from Old French desobeissant, and inobedient (early 14c.).

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