[ dis-uh-bee-dee-uhnt ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈbi di ənt /


neglecting or refusing to obey; not submitting; refractory.

Origin of disobedient

1400–50; late Middle English < Old French desobedient, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obedient obedient
Related formsdis·o·be·di·ent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for disobedient


/ (ˌdɪsəˈbiːdɪənt) /


not obedient; neglecting or refusing to obey
Derived Formsdisobediently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disobedient



early 15c., dysobedyent, from Old French desobedient, from Vulgar Latin *disobedientem (replacing Latin inobedientem) from Latin dis- (see dis-) + obedientem (see obedient). Related: Disobediently. Earlier in the same sense was disobeissant (late 14c.), from Old French desobeissant, and inobedient (early 14c.).

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