Definition of insubordination in English:



  • [mass noun] Defiance of authority; refusal to obey orders:

    ‘he was dismissed for insubordination’
    • ‘And I can see this child as a young adult, trying to make it in the working world and wondering why she keeps getting fired for insubordination.’
    • ‘At times, one might even use the term insubordination to describe certain individuals' response to presidential decisions.’
    • ‘He had never in five years shown the slightest disrespect or insubordination.’
    • ‘The flag is at the same time a strong protest against arbitrary actions, injustice, and sociopolitical and sociocultural insubordination.’
    • ‘He said at least 20 troops had been accused of insubordination initially, but the eight were the ‘brains’ behind the offense.’
    • ‘Atkins took the refusal to answer as insubordination and insolence.’
    disobedience, unruliness, waywardness, indiscipline, bad behaviour, misbehaviour, misconduct, delinquency, troublemaking
    rebellion, rebelliousness, defiance, mutiny, revolt
    recalcitrance, lack of cooperation, non-compliance, wilfulness, intractability, ungovernability, uncontrollability, obstreperousness, awkwardness, perversity, perverseness, contrariness
    naughtiness, mischievousness, mischief, impishness, roguery
    carryings-on, acting-up
    contumacy, infraction
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