insubordinate

adjective in·sub·or·di·nate \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət , -ˈbȯrd-nət \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of insubordinate

: disobedient to authority

insubordinate

noun

insubordinately

adverb

insubordination

play \ˌin(t)-sə-ˌbȯr-də-ˈnā-shən\ noun

Examples of insubordinate in a Sentence

  1. His behavior was unprofessional and insubordinate.

  2. the junior officer was court-martialed for being insubordinate

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First Known Use of insubordinate

circa 1828

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INSUBORDINATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of insubordinate for English Language Learners

  • : not obeying authority : refusing to follow orders


INSUBORDINATE Defined for Kids

insubordinate

adjective in·sub·or·di·nate \ ˌin-sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət \

Definition of insubordinate for Students

: not obeying authority : disobedient


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