- not submitting to authority; disobedient: an insubordinate soldier.
- not lower.
- a person who is insubordinate.
Origin of insubordinate
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1. refractory, defiant, insolent.
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Examples from the Web for insubordinate
Not a spoiler, but next week Maggie says something to Will that even she acknowledges is “inappropriate” and “insubordinate.”HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’: Aaron Sorkin’s Woman Problem
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A mistake; they lack only the right of arbitrarily dismissing the insubordinate.Freeland
In the meantime, the men grew more and more intractable and insubordinate.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
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"You are insubordinate," said the Legate, of a sudden very cold.The Strolling Saint
You have been insubordinate when you should not only have been orderly, but have enforced orderliness in others.Love-at-Arms
Nothing rude, boisterous, insubordinate, or unkind appeared from any.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
- not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
- not in a subordinate position or rank
- an insubordinate person
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Word Origin and History for insubordinate
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