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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not submissive to authority: has a history of insubordinate behavior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. rebellious or defiant to authority
  • adj. contumacious

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not submitting to authority; disobedient; rebellious; mutinous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not subordinate or submissive; not submitting to authority; refractory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not submissive to authority
  • adj. disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority


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  • ┬ö Decidedly, he was not afraid to be what club men call insubordinate, though, of all insubordinates, the club men are the worst.

    The End of General Gordon: Paras. 67-99

  • I guess being "insubordinate" was a job requirement for the new position.

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  • Troopergate was about a dangerous renegade brother-in-law; Walt Monegan was "insubordinate;" Charlie Gibson's interview was full of "gotcha" questions; Katie Couric was just mean and condescending; the shouts of "kill him" and "terrorist" at her rallies were the fault of Bill Ayers; Wardrobegate was the fault of the McCain Campaign; losing the election wasn't her fault, it was George W. Bush and the economy.

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  • Instead, Naffe was told she was being "insubordinate" and "not a team player."

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  • According to reports, both employees were being "insubordinate" and their firing coincided with the arrival of some "bouncer types" on the Infinity Ward campus.

  • London on October 1, 2009, that have supposedly angered the White House and are leading to accusations that he has been "insubordinate" and has "not followed the chain of command." - Photown News

  • Imagine my shock when HR presented me with a yellowed, 4 year old letter written by my previous dean in which she railed hysterically about what an "insubordinate", "incorrigible hire" and "non-team-player" I was.

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  • After a West Indies A-team tour of England in 2002, he was fined and sent for counselling after "insubordinate" behaviour, and two years ago he was fined for a verbal altercation with an opponent while batting for Spartan, his Barbados club. | Top Stories

  • Koniz said he was told that he was "insubordinate" to DIA Director of Aviation Kim Day.

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  • Monday, two campaign operatives held a press conference to stir up partisan hysteria about the investigation and assail Monegan as "insubordinate" and a "rogue."

    Free Democracy


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  • This word was used a lot in the "Star Trek" episodes.

    September 1, 2012