- Defiance of authority; refusal to obey orders: he was dismissed for insubordinationMore example sentences
disobedience, unruliness, waywardness, indiscipline, bad behaviour, misbehaviour, misconduct, delinquency, troublemaking; rebellion, rebelliousness, defiance, mutiny, revolt; recalcitrance, lack of cooperation, non-compliance, wilfulness, intractability, ungovernability, uncontrollability, obstreperousness, awkwardness, perversity, perverseness, contrariness; naughtiness, mischievousness, mischief, impishness, roguery• archaic or Law contumacy, infraction
- Atkins took the refusal to answer as insubordination and insolence.
- He had never in five years shown the slightest disrespect or insubordination.
- He said at least 20 troops had been accused of insubordination initially, but the eight were the ‘brains’ behind the offense.