[dis-uh-bee-dee-uh ns]


lack of obedience or refusal to comply; disregard or transgression.

Origin of disobedience

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French desobedience, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obedience obedience
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lack of obedience
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Word Origin and History for disobedience

c.1400, from Old French desobedience, from Vulgar Latin *disobedientia (replacing Latin inobedientia) from Latin dis- (see dis-) + obedientia (see obedience). The English word replaced earlier desobeissance in this sense, and inobedience (c.1200).

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