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disobey

[dis-uh-bey] /ˌdɪs əˈbeɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to neglect or refuse to obey.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English disobeien < Old French desobeir, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obeir to obey
Related forms
disobeyer, noun
Synonyms
defy, disregard, resist, ignore, oppose.
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  • 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

disobey

/ˌdɪsəˈbeɪ/
verb
1.
to neglect or refuse to obey (someone, an order, etc)
Derived Forms
disobeyer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disobey
v.

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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