dis·​obe·​di·​ent | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈbē-dē-ənt How to pronounce disobedient (audio) , -ō-ˈbē- \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Just as Mr Modi has brought a new style of hardball politics to Indian elections, complete with sectarian incitement and online trolling, his government has taken a tougher line with disobedient states. The Economist, "India’s states and the national government are at growing odds," 31 Oct. 2020 Because enforcement is up to local authorities and prosecutors, some localities allowed the disobedient gyms to operate. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroiters headed back to the gym: Here's how it's going," 9 Sep. 2020 The more disobedient people are, the longer this mess is a mess. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "Your View of Staying Home," 23 Apr. 2020 Interiors, disobedient family members (hello, working parents) and creative projects are on display. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "Zoom meetings show colleagues the real you. Yes, that’s a good thing," 17 Apr. 2020 At the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, European governments are taking increasingly drastic measures to try to reduce spiraling deaths — while others begged disobedient members of the public to follow self-isolation guidelines. NBC News, "Coronavirus: Europe tightens lockdowns while others ignore social distancing advice," 23 Mar. 2020 As the news broke, our director Ken Olin was literally attempting to direct a disobedient puppy in a scene. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Stars react to their 2019 Emmy nominations," 16 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of disobedient

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Disobedient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disobedient. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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.


dis·​obe·​di·​ent | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈbē-dē-ənt How to pronounce disobedient (audio) \

Kids Definition of disobedient

: not behaving as told or taught a disobedient child

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disobediently adverb

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