rebellious

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adjective re·bel·lious \-yəs\

Definition of rebellious

  1. 1a :  given to or engaged in rebellion rebellious troopsb :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion a rebellious speech

  2. 2 :  resisting treatment or management :  refractory

rebelliously

adverb

rebelliousness

noun

Examples of rebellious in a Sentence

  1. the rebellious troops fought a pitched battle with divisions still loyal to the government

  2. expected her son to grow a little more rebellious as he got older, but she knew he understood when to kick and when to obey

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15th Century

First Known Use of rebellious

15th century



REBELLIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

rebellious

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adjective re·bel·lious \-yəs\

Definition of rebellious for English Language Learners

  • : fighting against a government

  • : refusing to obey rules or authority or to accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc. : having or showing a tendency to rebel


REBELLIOUS Defined for Kids

rebellious

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adjective re·bel·lious \ri-ˈbel-yəs\

Definition of rebellious for Students

  1. 1 :  taking part in rebellion rebellious troops

  2. 2 :  fighting against or refusing to obey authority a rebellious teenager

rebelliously

adverb

rebelliousness

noun


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