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insubordinate

[in-suh-bawr-dn-it]
adjective
  1. not submitting to authority; disobedient: an insubordinate soldier.
  2. not lower.
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noun
  1. a person who is insubordinate.
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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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Historical Examples

  • As an example to insubordinates he, at the request of the pope, burnt some of the singers along with their books.

    History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)

    John William Draper


British Dictionary definitions for insubordinates

insubordinate

adjective
  1. not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
  2. not in a subordinate position or rank
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noun
  1. an insubordinate person
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Derived Formsinsubordinately, adverbinsubordination, noun
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Word Origin and History for insubordinates

insubordinate

adj.

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

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