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unruly

[ uhn-roo-lee ]
/ 蕦n藞ru li /
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adjective, un路ru路li路er, un路ru路li路est.
not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless: an unruly class; an unruly wilderness.
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Origin of unruly

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English unruely, equivalent to un-un-1 + ruly, ruely 鈥済overnable, controllable鈥; see rule, -y1

synonym study for unruly

Unruly, intractable, recalcitrant, refractory describe persons or things that resist management or control. Unruly suggests persistently disorderly behavior or character in persons or things: an unruly child, peevish and willful; wild, unruly hair. Intractable suggests in persons a determined resistance to all attempts to guide or direct them, in things a refusal to respond to attempts to shape, improve, or modify them: an intractable social rebel; a seemingly intractable problem in logistics. recalcitrant and refractory imply not only a lack of submissiveness but also an open, often violent, rebellion against authority or direction. Recalcitrant, the stronger of the two terms, suggests a stubborn and absolute noncompliance: a recalcitrant person, openly contemptuous of all authority. Refractory implies active, mulish disobedience, but leaves open the possibility of eventual compliance: refractory students, resisting efforts to interest them in their studies.

OTHER WORDS FROM unruly

un路ru路li路ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unruly

unruly
/ (蕦n藞ru藧l瑟) /

adjective -lier or -liest
disposed to disobedience or indiscipline

Derived forms of unruly

unruliness, noun
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