V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

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."

Usage Examples:

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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