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  1. the quality or condition of being insubordinate, or of being disobedient to authority; defiance: The employee was fired for insubordination.
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  • Discontent and insubordination now prevailed amongst the rebels.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • Two days earlier he would not have dreamed of such a piece of insubordination.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

  • The inference that there had been insubordination is inevitable.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

  • Heaven knew what amount of insubordination might spring out of it!

  • "You are simply adding to your insubordination, sir," he says, coldly.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King

Word Origin and History for insubordination


1790, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + subordination. Perhaps on model of French insubordination (1788).

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