disobedient

adjective
dis·​obe·​di·​ent | \-ənt \

Definition of disobedient 

: refusing or neglecting to obey

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Other Words from disobedient

disobediently adverb

Examples of disobedient in a Sentence

The disobedient soldier was given cleanup duty. The dog was being disobedient.

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Contestants rarely oppose the lead of the show; to see one be so directly disobedient was thrilling. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "A Bad Bachelor Begets Great Contestants," 13 Mar. 2018 In incidents that began in 2012, when Mr. Cruz was 13, he was disciplined for being disobedient and unruly. Audra D. S. Burch, Frances Robles And Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Florida Agency Investigated Nikolas Cruz After Violent Social Media Posts," 17 Feb. 2018 In incidents that began in 2012, when Cruz was 13, he was disciplined for being disobedient and unruly. Anchorage Daily News, "Inquiry found Florida suspect was no danger," 17 Feb. 2018 October 2013 – Cruz is disciplined for disobedient subordination, defying authority and unruly disruption in subsequent incidents. John Maines, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz showed warning signs for years," 16 Feb. 2018 Kyiv's revenge-seekers have already been shelling Donbas every day and are unwilling to hold peace talks, while dreaming about doing away with the disobedient population. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "Russia issues stern warning U.S. is fueling new bloodshed in Ukraine," 23 Dec. 2017 Seven jail staffers could face criminal charges after the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office outlined a case for the jury suggesting that disobedient inmates were routinely deprived of water as punishment and pleas for help were ignored. Fox News, "Sheriff Clarke says he is taking Homeland Security post," 18 May 2017 Seven jail staffers could face criminal charges after the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office outlined a case for the jury suggesting that disobedient inmates were routinely deprived of water as punishment and pleas for help were ignored. Fox News, "Sheriff Clarke says he is taking Homeland Security post," 18 May 2017 Seven jail staffers could face criminal charges after the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office outlined a case for the jury suggesting that disobedient inmates were routinely deprived of water as punishment and pleas for help were ignored. Fox News, "Sheriff Clarke says he is taking Homeland Security post," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of disobedient

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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disobedient

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of disobedient

: not doing what someone or something with authority tells you to do : refusing or failing to obey rules, laws, etc.

disobedient

adjective
dis·​obe·​di·​ent | \ˌdis-ə-ˈbē-dē-ənt \

Kids Definition of disobedient

: not behaving as told or taught a disobedient child

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