Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

insubordinate

play
adjective in·sub·or·di·nate \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət, -ˈbȯrd-nət\

Simple Definition of insubordinate

  • : not obeying authority : refusing to follow orders

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of insubordinate

  1. :  disobedient to authority

insubordinate noun
insubordinately adverb
insubordination play \-ˌbȯr-də-ˈnā-shən\ noun

Examples of insubordinate in a sentence

  1. His behavior was unprofessional and insubordinate.

  2. <the junior officer was court-martialed for being insubordinate>



Circa 1828

First Known Use of insubordinate

circa 1828


INSUBORDINATE Defined for Kids

insubordinate

play
adjective in·sub·or·di·nate \ˌin-sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət\

Definition of insubordinate for Students

  1. :  not obeying authority :  disobedient





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up insubordinate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to work hard

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

maudlin prompt angry oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ