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the quality or condition of being insubordinate, or of being disobedient to authority; defiance:
The employee was fired for insubordination. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Discontent and insubordination now prevailed amongst the rebels.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • Two days earlier he would not have dreamed of such a piece of insubordination.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • The inference that there had been insubordination is inevitable.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • Heaven knew what amount of insubordination might spring out of it!

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • "You are simply adding to your insubordination, sir," he says, coldly.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King
  • The crew had arrived at the highest pitch of insubordination.

Word Origin and History for insubordination

1790, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + subordination. Perhaps on model of French insubordination (1788).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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