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insubordinate

[in-suh-bawr-dn-it] /ˌɪn səˈbɔr dn ɪt/
adjective
1.
not submitting to authority; disobedient:
an insubordinate soldier.
2.
not lower.
noun
3.
a person who is insubordinate.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; in-3 + subordinate
Related forms
insubordinately, adverb
insubordination, noun
Synonyms
1. refractory, defiant, insolent.
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Examples from the web for insubordinate
  • 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.
  • The employer cannot label this behavior as insubordinate and impose discipline.
  • Appellant's supervisor stated that she was suspended because of insubordinate, disrespectful, and disruptive behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for insubordinate

insubordinate

/ˌɪnsəˈbɔːdɪnɪt/
adjective
1.
not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
2.
not in a subordinate position or rank
noun
3.
an insubordinate person
Derived Forms
insubordinately, adverb
insubordination, noun
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Word Origin and History for insubordinate
adj.

1849, on model of French insubordonné (1789); from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + subordinate. Related: Insubordinately.

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