Definition of insubordination in English:



  • Defiance of authority; refusal to obey orders.

    ‘he was dismissed for insubordination’
    • ‘Atkins took the refusal to answer as insubordination and insolence.’
    • ‘The flag is at the same time a strong protest against arbitrary actions, injustice, and sociopolitical and sociocultural insubordination.’
    • ‘At times, one might even use the term insubordination to describe certain individuals' response to presidential decisions.’
    • ‘He said at least 20 troops had been accused of insubordination initially, but the eight were the ‘brains’ behind the offense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had never in five years shown the slightest disrespect or insubordination.’
    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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