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rebellious

[ri-bel-yuh s] /rɪˈbɛl yəs/
adjective
1.
defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of rebels or rebellion.
3.
(of things) resisting treatment; refractory.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin rebelliōsus, equivalent to Latin rebelli(ō) rebellion + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
rebelliously, adverb
rebelliousness, noun
half-rebellious, adjective
half-rebelliously, adverb
half-rebelliousness, noun
nonrebellious, adjective
nonrebelliously, adverb
nonrebelliousness, noun
quasi-rebellious, adjective
quasi-rebelliously, adverb
semirebellious, adjective
semirebelliously, adverb
semirebelliousness, noun
unrebellious, adjective
unrebelliously, adverb
unrebelliousness, noun
Synonyms
1. defiant, insurgent, mutinous, seditious, rebel, refractory, disobedient, contumacious.
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British Dictionary definitions for half rebellious

rebellious

/rɪˈbɛljəs/
adjective
1.
showing a tendency towards rebellion
2.
(of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
Derived Forms
rebelliously, adverb
rebelliousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for half rebellious

rebellious

adj.

early 15c., from Latin rebellis (see rebel (adj.)) + -ous. Related: Rebelliously; rebelliousness.

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