unrulinesses

unruly

[uhn-roo-lee]
adjective, unrulier, unruliest.
not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless: an unruly class; an unruly wilderness.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English unruely, equivalent to un- un-1 + ruly, ruely governable, controllable; see rule, -y1

unruliness, noun


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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unruly (ʌnˈruːlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
disposed to disobedience or indiscipline
 
un'ruliness
 
n

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unruly
1400, from un- (1) "not" + obsolete ruly "amenable to rule," from rule.
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