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[dis-uh-bey] /ˌdɪs əˈbeɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to neglect or refuse to obey.
Origin of disobey
1350-1400; Middle English disobeien < Old French desobeir, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obeir to obey
Related forms
disobeyer, noun
defy, disregard, resist, ignore, oppose. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disobey
  • We homeschoolers creatively disobey every day, with heartening results.
  • We all understand that, literally, insubordination means to disobey a direct order.
  • They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents.
  • It is not acceptable for soldiers to question or disobey orders from the civilian government.
  • He was charged not to mention it, and threatened with dire punishment if he presumed to disobey.
  • Fortunately, the chief authority is a renegade and plans to disobey his orders.
  • disobey stop sign at railroad crossing with monitoring device.
  • Don't let your children off the hook if they disobey.
  • If you disobey this order, the court may find you in contempt.
  • Employees who disobey such an order may be disciplined, subject to any employee rights discussed below.
British Dictionary definitions for disobey


to neglect or refuse to obey (someone, an order, etc)
Derived Forms
disobeyer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disobey

late 14c., from Old French desobeir (13c.) "disobey; refuse service or homage," from Vulgar Latin *disoboedire, reformed with dis- from Late Latin inobedire, a back-formation from inobediens "not obeying," from Latin in- "not" + present participle of obedire (see obey). Related: Disobeyed; disobeying.

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