Definition of disobedient in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisəˈbēdēənt/


Refusing to obey rules or someone in authority: Larry was stern with disobedient employees
More example sentences
  • Jacob looked utterly defeated at that moment, as if I were a disobedient child that refused to be punished.
  • Very often such limitations take the form of disobedient opposition to the rules.
  • In it, a mischievous and disobedient kitten, Tom, gets lost in the hidden places of ‘an old, old house, full of cupboards and passages’.
insubordinate, unruly, wayward, ill-behaved, badly behaved, naughty, delinquent, disruptive, troublesome, rebellious, defiant, mutinous, recalcitrant, uncooperative, truculent, willful, intractable, obstreperous
archaic contumacious



Pronunciation: /ˌdisəˈbēdēəntlē/
Example sentences
  • I can hear the rain beating down on the roof like a meteor shower as our car lurches violently from side to side, rocking disobediently on its haunches, fat tyres chafing loudly over what appears to be a long, shallow pond.
  • I want to talk to the boss,’ I said disobediently.
  • His gray eyes glinted with an air of impatience as he offered a helping hand to another being, a small boy, his choppy brown locks sticking out disobediently in all directions as he was pulled back to his feet.


Late Middle English: from Old French desobedient, based on Latin oboedient- 'obeying' (see obedient).

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Syllabification: dis·o·be·di·ent

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