V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) a person who does not submit to authority or follow orders; (adj.) not submitting to authority
Synonyms: (adj.) defiant, disobedient, disorderly, rebellious, antagonistic, insurgent
Antonyms: (adj.) subordinate, complaisant, harmonious, agreeable
Tips: The root word subordinate means "controlled by authority." When you add the negative prefix in-, "not" insubordinate acts as its opposite. An insubordinate is someone who rebels against authority. The noun insubordination refers to defiance against authority. Insubordinate is a more sophisticated way of saying "disobedient," "disorderly," or "defiant."
Because she never followed her captain's orders, she was considered an insubordinate. (insurgent) noun
When his boss told him to file the report, the man decided to be insubordinate and not follow the order. (defiant, disobedient) adjective
Military personnel who do not follow orders could be charged with insubordination. (disobedience, disorderly conduct) noun
Mark had a life-long history of being insubordinate toward his employers, and therefore, had a difficult time finding work when he was fired. (antagonistic, defiant) adjective
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