They are badly paid, badly trained, and threatened with early retirement or a court-martial if they disobey orders, says Mahfouz.
“I managed to disobey, and fortunately the officers got distracted,” he adds.
These members vow to protect the constitution but also to disobey any governmental orders that they deem “unconstitutional.”
They never wanted to provoke, disobey, or be activists of any sort.
It pains me to disobey you, madam, but you force me into the alternative, and I have no choice.
You do not know him; but I can tell you he is not a man to disobey as I have disobeyed him.
Euen so agreing with Agrippa, if the Members grudge, and disobey against their chiefe, the state must grow to ruine.
But we insisted, especially Fenton; and he is difficult to disobey.
Thus were they assembled within the palace of Jove: nor did Neptune disobey the goddess, but he came to them from the sea.
He no more dared to disobey him than he could have disobeyed the head-master.
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.