in·​sub·​or·​di·​nate | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət How to pronounce insubordinate (audio) , -ˈbȯrd-nət\

Definition of insubordinate

: disobedient to authority

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Other Words from insubordinate

insubordinate noun
insubordinately adverb
insubordination \ ˌin(t)-​sə-​ˌbȯr-​də-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce insubordination (audio) \ noun

Examples of insubordinate in a Sentence

His behavior was unprofessional and insubordinate. the junior officer was court-martialed for being insubordinate

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According to the report, quote, one source telling ABC that the draft report explicitly uses the words insubordinate to describe Comey's behavior. Fox News, "Joe diGenova: IG report is being scrubbed by Rosenstein," 6 June 2018 Is that -- is that insubordinate or is that responsible? Fox News, "Pence on impact of anonymous NYT op-ed, Woodward's new book," 9 Sep. 2018 The report said Comey, who announced in the summer of 2016 that Clinton would not be charged with any crime in the e-mail probe, was insubordinate and departed from normal protocol numerous times., "Here’s what Hillary Clinton had to say about her e-mails and the IG report on the FBI," 14 June 2018 Nor that Comey was insubordinate to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Michael Smerconish,, "After titillating IG report, Rod Rosenstein faces a major conflict | Michael Smerconish," 20 June 2018 The investigation focused on what the agency deemed to be unprofessional, insubordinate and profane emails and chat messages to her colleagues, including several in Oregon City. Molly Young,, "Dysfunction, missed steps hampered Oregon investigation of Hart family abuse allegations," 5 May 2018 Similarly, her students, are merely a collection of insubordinate behaviors, untethered to any context beyond that of the familiar classroom story whose wildlings are transformed by inspirational pedagogy. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Zapped by Lightning, a French Teacher Becomes ‘Mrs. Hyde’," 26 Apr. 2018 The lever is pulled and the handmaids do not hang, because this was a mock execution; a lesson for insubordinate handmaids. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Premiere Takes the Show to a Completely Unexpected Place," 25 Apr. 2018 Police Chief Eliot Isaac wrote in a March 8 memo to Black that Assistant Chief Dave Bailey was insubordinate and recommended his removal. Mark Curnutte,, "Embattled city manager Harry Black wins African-American support for police reform views," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of insubordinate

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insubordinate was circa 1828

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English Language Learners Definition of insubordinate

formal : not obeying authority : refusing to follow orders


in·​sub·​or·​di·​nate | \ ˌin-sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət How to pronounce insubordinate (audio) \

Kids Definition of insubordinate

: not obeying authority : disobedient

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