rebellious

adjective re·bel·lious \ -yəs \

Definition of rebellious

1 a :given to or engaged in rebellion
  • rebellious troops
b :of, relating to, or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion
  • a rebellious speech
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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First Known Use of rebellious

15th century



REBELLIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

rebellious

adjective

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

adjective re·bel·lious \ ri-ˈbel-yəs \

Definition of rebellious for Students

1 :taking part in rebellion
  • rebellious troops
2 :fighting against or refusing to obey authority
  • a rebellious teenager

rebelliously

adverb

rebelliousness

noun


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