Definition of disobedience in English:



mass noun
  • Failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority.

    ‘disobedience to law is sometimes justified’
    • ‘We are told that this lends a different perspective to the themes of obedience and disobedience.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the military takes a very dim view of disobedience of orders - and with very good reason.’
    • ‘But why did you have no choice between religious obedience and disobedience?’
    • ‘He referred to this being the second abduction by the father in blatant disregard and disobedience to an order of the Spanish court.’
    • ‘I wish he gets support to launch a movement for civic disobedience.’
    • ‘The debate is not about whether or not disobedience to law is justified in a totalitarian regime.’
    • ‘Ordinary laws and policies ordinarily deserve civil obedience, not disobedience.’
    • ‘Doing so would constitute the offence of wilful disobedience of an order under the Act.’
    • ‘The description of the three acts of contempt as disobedience of the order dated 25th April 2003 cannot be right.’
    • ‘The education board said their actions constituted disobedience to orders for them to fulfill their obligations.’
    • ‘The problem here is not merely one of formal disobedience to White House objectives.’
    • ‘You incurred this debt by your rebellion and disobedience to his will, and you will have to pay it, won't you?’
    • ‘The cost of disobedience has become too high, and I'm not sure it's a viable strategy anymore.’
    • ‘History shows that when faced by mass disobedience, governments always cave.’
    • ‘Our nation was founded on a heroic act of disobedience to a king who was presumed to rule by divine right.’
    • ‘Many priests refused to collaborate with the authorities, and some incited disobedience.’
    • ‘When these minorities pass from disobedience to rebellion, the elites lack the resources to quell revolts.’
    • ‘The only way to establish obedience in a child is to punish each and every wilful disobedience to a command.’
    • ‘The applicant, a prison officer, was charged with disobedience to orders.’
    • ‘Most of my life I had spent trying to be as unnoticeable in my obedience and disobedience as possible.’
    insubordination, unruliness, waywardness, indiscipline, bad behaviour, misbehaviour, misconduct, delinquency, disruptiveness, troublemaking, rebellion, defiance, mutiny, revolt, recalcitrance, lack of cooperation, non-compliance, wilfulness, intractability, awkwardness, perversity, perverseness, contrariness
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