insubordinate

[in-suh-bawr-dn-it]
adjective
1.
not submitting to authority; disobedient: an insubordinate soldier.
2.
not lower.
noun
3.
a person who is insubordinate.

Origin:
1840–50; in-3 + subordinate

insubordinately, adverb
insubordination, noun


1. refractory, defiant, insolent.
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insubordinate (ˌɪnsəˈbɔːdɪnɪt)
 
adj
1.  not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
2.  not in a subordinate position or rank
 
n
3.  an insubordinate person
 
insub'ordinately
 
adv
 
insubordi'nation
 
n

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insubordinate
1849, on model of Fr. insubordonné (1781), from in- (1) "not" + subordinate (q.v.).
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Example sentences
In the wrong environment, your innately contrarian spirit may be perceived as hostile or even insubordinate.
Speaking truth to power has nothing whatever to do with giving insubordinate interviews to popular magazines.
Under questioning, he revealed a slyly insubordinate streak.
The school fired her, citing her allegedly insubordinate and disruptive behavior and her threat to take legal action.
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