in·​sub·​or·​di·​nate | \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈbȯr-də-nət, -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 \ 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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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 An agent came into my office and was insubordinate. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Former FBI agent, who sued the bureau, running for Kansas governor | The Kansas City Star," 2 Apr. 2018 The city also says Isaacs was insubordinate, even rude to supervisors, city records of Isaacs' termination show. Kate Murphy,, "When does bad behavior turn into sexual harassment?," 28 Feb. 2018 Ally went from respectful and sweet to insubordinate and cruel. Mallory Ortberg, Slate Magazine, "My daughter calls my wife and her kids racist names. I still love her, but I’m at the end of my rope.," 28 Sep. 2017

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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

: not obeying authority : refusing to follow orders


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

Kids Definition of insubordinate

: not obeying authority : disobedient

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