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

Definition of disobedient

: refusing or neglecting to obey

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 In the series, the younger Turner inherits a disobedient pooch. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2021 Societies often label women like me who choose to go against the norm as disobedient or defiant. Jay Parini, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 His most famous role was being the misunderstood father who tried to give the universe to his very disobedient twins. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, 29 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 9 Sep. 2020 The more disobedient people are, the longer this mess is a mess. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 23 Apr. 2020 Interiors, disobedient family members (hello, working parents) and creative projects are on display. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, 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, 23 Mar. 2020

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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 29 Nov. 2021.

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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

Other Words from disobedient

disobediently adverb

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