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the quality or condition of being insubordinate, or of being disobedient to authority; defiance:
The employee was fired for insubordination. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the latter was desperate, and with the other generals was displaying a wilfulness bordering on (p. 205) insubordination.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Two days earlier he would not have dreamed of such a piece of insubordination.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • Deacon got a District Court Martial and was charged with insubordination.

    Combed Out Fritz August Voigt
  • The inference that there had been insubordination is inevitable.

    War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • Death was the immediate penalty of any show of insubordination, and the whip of their taskmasters kept them to their work.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • Heaven knew what amount of insubordination might spring out of it!

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for insubordination

1790, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + subordination. Perhaps on model of French insubordination (1788).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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