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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. 2016.
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  • But the latter was desperate, and with the other generals was displaying a wilfulness bordering on (p. 205) insubordination.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • For some reason Gleason saw fit to take no notice of this piece of insubordination.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • Deacon got a District Court Martial and was charged with insubordination.

    Combed Out Fritz August Voigt
  • Never had she known such a flagrant case of insubordination.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • Death was the immediate penalty of any show of insubordination, and the whip of their taskmasters kept them to their work.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • He had no thought of insubordination in wiring as he did to Washington.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
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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