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
Recent Examples on the Web The rulers of the Joseon dynasty, for instance, used to send insubordinate aristocrats there to stop them from meddling in politics. The Economist, "Going south South Korea’s president curbs the power of prosecutors," 18 Jan. 2020 Some said overzealous and occasionally insubordinate — insistent on his vision of correct police work. Adam Carlson,, "'88 Days of Hell': The True Story of the Atlanta Olympic Bombing and the Wrongfully Suspected Hero at the Center," 1 Jan. 2020 These are not the insubordinate and unprofessional 2011 Red Sox who buried themselves in a heap of beer cans and chicken bones in an epic September collapse. Chad Finn,, "These Red Sox are reminiscent of some other underachievers," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Insubordinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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) \

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: not obeying authority : disobedient

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