disobedience

noun
dis·​obe·​di·​ence | \ˌdis-ə-ˈbē-dē-ən(t)s, -ō-ˈbē-\

Definition of disobedience 

: refusal or neglect to obey

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Examples of disobedience in a Sentence

The student's disobedience shocked the teacher. The dog was punished for its disobedience.

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Many on the left cheered the efforts, citing the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants as attacks on human rights that deserved the same sort of public displays of disobedience that defined the civil rights and gay rights movements. Washington Post, "Tempers raised by immigration issue give way to insults," 26 June 2018 Many on the left cheered the efforts, citing the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants as attacks on human rights that deserved the same sort of public displays of disobedience that defined the civil rights and gay rights movements. Washington Post, "Tempers raised by immigration issue give way to insults," 26 June 2018 Many on the left cheered the efforts, citing the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants as attacks on human rights that deserved the same sort of public displays of disobedience that defined the civil rights and gay rights movements. Washington Post, "Tempers raised by immigration issue give way to insults," 26 June 2018 In the essay, Thoreau observes that the government, in the face of disobedience, attacks our material and physical comfort through fines and imprisonment. Kelly Scott Franklin, WSJ, "‘The Road to Walden’ Review: Peripatetic Ponderings," 12 July 2018 Many on the left cheered the efforts, citing the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants as attacks on human rights that deserved the same sort of public displays of disobedience that defined the civil rights and gay rights movements. Washington Post, "Tempers raised by immigration issue give way to insults," 26 June 2018 Many on the left cheered the efforts, citing the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants as attacks on human rights that deserved the same sort of public displays of disobedience that defined the civil rights and gay rights movements. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "Insults and rancor: Dems risk treading on Trump’s home field," 25 June 2018 And then to move further to the left because of one election that occurred in one Congressional district now, to encourage uncivil disobedience. Fox News, "Nunes tightens screws in his probe into surveillance abuses," 3 July 2018 Many on the left cheered the efforts, citing the Trump administration's policies toward immigrants as attacks on human rights that deserved the same sort of public displays of disobedience that defined the civil rights and gay rights movements. Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Insults and rancor: Democrats risk treading on Trump's home field," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of disobedience

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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disobedience

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disobedience

: refusal or failure to obey rules, laws, etc. : a lack of obedience

disobedience

noun
dis·​obe·​di·​ence | \ˌdis-ə-ˈbē-dē-əns \

Kids Definition of disobedience

: an act of failing or refusing to behave as told or taught The dog was punished for disobedience.

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