insubordinate

[in-suh-bawr-dn-it]
noun
  1. a person who is insubordinate.

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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insubordinate

adjective
  1. not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
  2. not in a subordinate position or rank
noun
  1. an insubordinate person
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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