Definition of insubordinate in English:



  • Defiant of authority; disobedient to orders:

    ‘an insubordinate attitude’
    • ‘It is deplorable and very dangerous for the civic group to openly incite young soldiers who live on their orders to be insubordinate to the words of their superiors.’
    • ‘In other species, including honeybees, loyal workers assist the queen by eating the eggs of insubordinate workers who attempted to spawn.’
    • ‘And, although the situation never reached these extremes at my school, the principal had to deal with an allegedly insubordinate teacher, as well as an entire crew of juniors who believed that the principal hated them.’
    • ‘The issue is, was he insubordinate to his chain of command?’
    • ‘She occasionally is insubordinate and is always insouciant.’
    • ‘Lorenzo is furious with Launcelot and his insubordinate trickery.’
    • ‘If given a direction by the administration, we will not be insubordinate.’
    • ‘Always excitable and often insubordinate, he required the strictest discipline.’
    • ‘He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family - squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.’
    • ‘It is feared that soldiers will become insubordinate and uncontrollable to an irredeemable extent.’
    • ‘But, you see, your being insubordinate to me… I say now that some kind of measures must be taken.’
    • ‘I supposed the racket was about an insubordinate magpie or a treed cat.’
    • ‘And it's an enemy because it is insubordinate and hostile to God.’
    • ‘But many of today's internet billionaires started out as insubordinate slackers, similar to the high school students who crowded Beijing's internet bars and - allegedly - neglected their schoolwork.’
    • ‘Some physicians may have limited patience with staff members they view as insubordinate or who do not understand their routine.’
    • ‘He had been identified by his chain of command as insubordinate and troublesome over the last few days and had been told he was going to be in the stay behind party when this unit moves forward.’
    • ‘What shook me most, however, was the look in the men's faces, disgruntled and insubordinate looks.’
    • ‘It would seem that even highly staffed and secure environments have been unable to deal with her insubordinate, aggressive and threatening behaviour.’
    • ‘During the seven weeks he served at the fort, Fetterman grew increasingly insubordinate and desperate to prove his superiority in battle.’
    • ‘Vandalism is a cowardly and insubordinate act.’
    disobedient, unruly, wayward, errant, badly behaved, disorderly, undisciplined, delinquent, troublesome, rebellious, defiant, mutinous, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, non-compliant, wilful, unbiddable, intractable, ungovernable, unmanageable, uncontrollable, obstreperous, awkward, difficult, perverse, contrary
    naughty, mischievous, impish, roguish, rascally
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