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disobedience Line breaks: dis|obedi¦ence
Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈbiːdiəns/

Definition of disobedience in English:


[mass noun]
Failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority: disobedience to law is sometimes justified
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  • Doing so would constitute the offence of wilful disobedience of an order under the Act.
  • On the other hand, the military takes a very dim view of disobedience of orders - and with very good reason.
  • The debate is not about whether or not disobedience to law is justified in a totalitarian regime.
insubordination, unruliness, waywardness, indiscipline, bad behaviour, misbehaviour, misconduct, delinquency, disruptiveness, troublemaking, rebellion, defiance, mutiny, revolt, recalcitrance, lack of cooperation, non-compliance, wilfulness, intractability, awkwardness, perversity, perverseness, contrariness;
archaic or Law contumacy, infraction

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