Definition of disobey
: to be disobedient
: to fail to obey
Examples of disobey in a Sentence
If you disobey, you will be severely punished.
The soldier disobeyed the general's orders.
He was afraid to disobey his father.
The driver had disobeyed the law.
Recent Examples of disobey from the Web
Those offenses include disobeying a prison official’s orders and paying bribes.
Among the violations: damage to property, assaulting another inmate, disobeying direct orders and insolence.
The new decree, which revises a previous law from 2013, removes the need for court approval when disbanding an organization, and introduces criminal penalties for disobeying the law, including long periods in prison, according to local media.
Migos rapper Takeoff was reportedly taken off of a Delta flight before the plane could take off for disobeying takeoff instructions.
It will be located in front of the Old Courthouse in Woodstock, Illinois, where Debs was jailed for six months for disobeying a court order.
Sent to serve in North Africa and while on the U.S.S. Uruguay, the ship was rammed by another and Bryant disobeyed the order to abandon ship.
Witnesses said the helicopter had hanging from its side a large banner referring to article 350 of the country’s constitution, which empowers Venezuelans to disobey any regime that violates human rights.
U.S. attorneys do not have the power to disobey Department of Justice directives, but there is enormous prosecutorial discretion in the position, experts and U.S. attorneys themselves agreed.
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Origin and Etymology of disobey
Middle English, from Anglo-French desobeir, from des- dis- + obeir to obey
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
DISOBEY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disobey for English Language Learners
: to not do what someone or something with authority tells you to do : to refuse or fail to obey rules, laws, etc.
DISOBEY Defined for Kids
Definition of disobey for Students
: to refuse or fail to behave as told or taught He disobeyed his parents.
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