[ dis-uh-bee-dee-uhnt ]
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  1. neglecting or refusing to obey; not submitting; refractory.

Origin of disobedient

1400–50; late Middle English <Old French desobedient, equivalent to des-dis-1 + obedientobedient

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Other words from disobedient

  • dis·o·be·di·ent·ly, adverb

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How to use disobedient in a sentence

  • "You don't want to do your duty; that's what it is, you disobedient wench," said the minister sternly.

  • The law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient.

  • He procured lettres de cachet from the King, and shut up his disobedient and debauched son in various state-prisons.

  • To threaten a disobedient servant with the jambok—be he Hottentot, Fingo, or Caffre—is to bring him back to kneeling obeisance.

    The Vee-Boers | Mayne Reid
  • The Prophet's divinely commanded actions witnessed beforehand what should come upon the disobedient, rebellious nation.

    The Prophet Ezekiel | Arno C. Gaebelein

British Dictionary definitions for disobedient


/ (ˌdɪsəˈbiːdɪənt) /

  1. not obedient; neglecting or refusing to obey

Derived forms of disobedient

  • disobediently, adverb

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