Definitions

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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Examples

  • ┬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.

    Big Labor-Backed Group To Unleash Massive Mail Blitz In Swing States Tying McCain To Bush

  • 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.

    Shannyn Moore: Gobble Gobblegate

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

    Archive 2004-08-01

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

    ShoutWire.com

  • 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."

    WN.com - 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.

    CHE > Latest news

  • 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.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

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

    Signs of the Times

  • 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