- not submitting to authority; disobedient: an insubordinate soldier.
- not lower.
- a person who is insubordinate.
Origin of insubordinate
Synonyms for insubordinateSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for insubordinatecontrary, contumacious, defiant, disaffected, disobedient, disorderly, factious, fractious, insurgent, intractable, mutinous, naughty, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, riotous, seditious, treacherous, turbulent, undisciplined
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Contemporary Examples of insubordinate
Not a spoiler, but next week Maggie says something to Will that even she acknowledges is “inappropriate” and “insubordinate.”HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’: Aaron Sorkin’s Woman Problem
Jace Lacob, Maureen Ryan
July 2, 2012
Historical Examples of insubordinate
A mistake; they lack only the right of arbitrarily dismissing the insubordinate.Freeland
In the meantime, the men grew more and more intractable and insubordinate.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
"You are insubordinate," said the Legate, of a sudden very cold.The Strolling Saint
You have been insubordinate when you should not only have been orderly, but have enforced orderliness in others.Love-at-Arms
Nothing rude, boisterous, insubordinate, or unkind appeared from any.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
- not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
- not in a subordinate position or rank
- an insubordinate person