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

Synonyms for disobedient

Antonyms for disobedient

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Examples from the Web for disobedient

Contemporary Examples of disobedient

Historical Examples of disobedient

  • One whom we are commanded to love as ourselves, and who does all he knows how to make us disobedient.

  • Can I be ungrateful, disobedient to him who was a father to me?

  • There is strife between the Blessed and the Damned; the obedient and the disobedient.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • He whom she thought so disobedient had obeyed but too well at last.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • To disobedient ones I can assure you that we are not half so merciful.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for disobedient



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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