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unruly

[uhn-roo-lee] /ʌnˈru li/
adjective, unrulier, unruliest.
1.
not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless:
an unruly class; an unruly wilderness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English unruely, equivalent to un- un-1 + ruly, ruely governable, controllable; see rule, -y1
Related forms
unruliness, noun
Synonyms
disobedient, unmanageable, uncontrollable, stubborn, disorderly, riotous. Unruly, intractable, recalcitrant, refractory describe persons or things that resist management or control. Unruly suggests persistently disorderly behavior or character in persons or things: an unruly child, peevish and willful; wild, unruly hair. Intractable suggests in persons a determined resistance to all attempts to guide or direct them, in things a refusal to respond to attempts to shape, improve, or modify them: an intractable social rebel; a seemingly intractable problem in logistics. recalcitrant and refractory imply not only a lack of submissiveness but also an open, often violent, rebellion against authority or direction. Recalcitrant, the stronger of the two terms, suggests a stubborn and absolute noncompliance: a recalcitrant person, openly contemptuous of all authority. Refractory implies active, mulish disobedience, but leaves open the possibility of eventual compliance: refractory students, resisting efforts to interest them in their studies.
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British Dictionary definitions for unrulinesses

unruly

/ʌnˈruːlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
disposed to disobedience or indiscipline
Derived Forms
unruliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrulinesses

unruly

adj.

c.1400, from un- (1) "not" + obsolete ruly "amenable to rule." Related: Unruliness.

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