disobedience

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

Definition of disobedience

:refusal or neglect to obey

Examples of disobedience in a Sentence

  1. The student's disobedience shocked the teacher.

  2. The dog was punished for its disobedience.

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First Known Use of disobedience

15th century


DISOBEDIENCE Defined for English Language Learners

disobedience

noun

Definition of disobedience for English Language Learners

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


DISOBEDIENCE Defined for Kids

disobedience

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

Definition of disobedience for Students

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


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