[ ri-bel-yuhs ]
/ rɪˈbɛl yəs /


defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
pertaining to or characteristic of rebels or rebellion.
(of things) resisting treatment; refractory.

Words nearby rebellious

Origin of rebellious

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin rebelliōsus, equivalent to Latin rebelli(ō) rebellion + -ōsus -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for rebellious

/ (rɪˈbɛljəs) /


showing a tendency towards rebellion
(of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory

Derived forms of rebellious

rebelliously, adverbrebelliousness, noun
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