insubordinate

[ in-suh-bawr-dn-it ]
/ ˌɪn səˈbɔr dn ɪt /

adjective

not submitting to authority; disobedient: an insubordinate soldier.
not lower.

noun

a person who is insubordinate.

Nearby words

  1. instrumentality,
  2. instrumentally,
  3. instrumentarium,
  4. instrumentation,
  5. instrumented,
  6. insubordination,
  7. insubstantial,
  8. insubstantiality,
  9. insubstantially,
  10. insudate

Origin of insubordinate

First recorded in 1840–50; in-3 + subordinate

Related formsin·sub·or·di·nate·ly, adverbin·sub·or·di·na·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for insubordinate

insubordinate

/ (ˌɪnsəˈbɔːdɪnɪt) /

adjective

not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
not in a subordinate position or rank

noun

an insubordinate person
Derived Formsinsubordinately, adverbinsubordination, noun

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Word Origin and History for insubordinate

insubordinate

adj.

1849, on model of French insubordonné (1789); from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + subordinate. Related: Insubordinately.

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