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rebellious

[ ri-bel-yuhs ]
/ rɪˈbɛl yəs /
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adjective

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.

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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

rebellious
/ (rɪˈbɛljəs) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of rebellious

rebelliously, adverbrebelliousness, noun
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